Staggering TV audience figures as England unites and Germany exits
England made it four clean sheets in a row at the Euro 2020 finals.
More importantly, it was at last a win in a finals over Germany (the first ever victory by England over Germany at Wembley, though previously of course England had beaten West Germany…) and progress to the last eight.
As well as the latest clean sheet, it was goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane that did the job.
It was still more efficient than stylish but this win did see at least a relative increase in attacking play for England and more shots on target, four against Germany as opposed to three in the Czech match, only two against Croatia and a feeble one against Scotland.
However, more than pretty much any other England match, this one was all about the winning.
The England public have a pretty strange relationship with the national side, especially in the north east / Newcastle I would say.
At one extreme you have a minority of people, who for whatever reasons have zero interest in the England football team at any time.
Whilst at the other extreme, a relatively small minority of people who are England supporters 100% of the time and live their results / matches like fans do with their clubs.
Then however, you have the massive overwhelming bulk of people in this country who really get into it when the World Cup or Euros comes around.
This 2-0 win over Germany just emphasises how much the England football public are up for this tournament.
Gary Lineker relaying the TV viewing figures for the 5pm kick-off match on Tuesday.
“A staggering 20.6 million of you watched England’s victory on BBC One last night (you’re staying home, you’re staying home).
“Plus 3.6 million on iplayer and BBC website, and lordy knows how many at pubs etc.. it’s growing!
“More viewing data has just been received and the BBC can confirm that a massive 6.5m live streams were received across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online.
“A new BBC iPlayer live viewing record has also been set after the match received 5.6m streams. All adds up to 27 million+.”
Absolutely staggering when you consider how low the TV viewing figures are these days for the usual top shows in any given week.
To have over over 27 million watching altogether including online, if remarkable.
With Saturday’s quarter-final against Ukraine on at peak time 8pm, it should be another massive TV audience.
Whilst if England did go all the way to the final, you could see all kinds of records set on Sunday 11 July, an 8pm kick-off at Wembley.
With so much for everybody to put up with this last year and a half, plus so many things today that divide people.
Great to see football and England doing so much to unite the population in a common goal.
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