England’s opening match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup against Tunisia, which they won with a margin of 2-1 courtesy Harry Kane’s brace, was the most-watched TV programme in the UK so far this year.Also Read - Harry Kane Confirms He Will Stay at Tottenham Hotspur For Another Season, Ends Manchester City Transfer Rumours
Skipper Kane gave England the lead in the 11th minute but Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty to pull Tunisia level in the 35th-minute. However, the Tottenham centre-forward headed home off a corner in the 90+1st-minute to give England the winning goal and help his side defeat Tunisia 2-1 in their Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena. Also Read - Ben Stokes Hails England Football Team After Euro 2020 Final Loss vs Italy, Calls Them Absolute Legends
An average audience of 13.7 million watched the team’s opening game of the tournament and during the closing minutes of the game, ratings peaked at 18.3 million, making up more than two-thirds (69%) of all UK TV viewers. Also Read - Euro 2020 Final Defeat Going to Hurt For Long Time: England Captain Harry Kane
The audience figures for the FIFA World Cup match were far higher than for the royal wedding of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May, as well as 2018’s previous most-watched programme, Britain’s Got Talent.
Some of the largest audiences in UK television history have been for England World Cup games.
The semi-final clash of England with West Germany in 1990 was watched by 25.2 million people – the biggest UK audience for a World Cup match. In 1998, 23.8 million tuned in to watch England play Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup in France.
If England make it into the knockout stage of this year’s tournament, TV audiences could once again top 20 million.
(With inputs from The Guardian)