Another stellar rating for TF1 as France win again at Women's World Cup
Host France's love affair with the Fifa Women's World Cup shows little sign of abating, after free-to-air commercial broadcaster TF1 pulled in another large audience for the nation's narrow 2-1 victory over Norway last night.
The match, which kicked off at 9pm local time in Nice, was watched by an average of 9.41 million people, an audience share of 40.8 per cent.
Pay-TV's Canal Plus also showed the game, recording an average of 892,000 viewers, taking the total audience to almost 10.3 million.
For France's opener against South Korea last Friday, TF1 drew an average audience of 9.8 million (a 44.3 per cent audience share), with a further 826,000 on Canal Plus.
That made it a viewing record for a women’s soccer match in France.
TF1 acquired exclusive rights to the Women's World Cup, before selling on all 52 games to Canal Plus. TF1 is showing 25 of the best games, including all of France's matches.
Germany's 1-0 win over Spain in yesterday's 6pm (CET) game was watched by 6.15 million people in the country on ZDF, the public-service broadcaster, with a market share of 29.4 per cent.
ZDF is sharing free-to-air rights to the tournament with ARD and OTT service DAZN. ARD's coverage of Germany's opening game in the tournament, a 1-0 win over China on Saturday, was watched by 4.38 million viewers, a 33.8-per-cent share.In Spain, Gol, the digital terrestrial television sports channel owned by Mediapro, recorded an audience of 675,000, a share of 7.5 per cent, making it the top-ranked programme in the DTT sector.
Elsewhere, defending champions USA's record 13-0 World Cup win over Thailand on Tuesday was watched by 2.62 million viewers on national network Fox.
This made it the most-watched English-language soccer broadcast in USA since last year's men's World Cup final, which pulled in 11.6 million.
A further 170,000 viewers watched this week's blowout on Fox streaming platforms, while Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo drew an audience of 444,000.
Meanwhile, Fifa has announced that the Netherlands' late 1-0 win over New Zealand on Tuesday afternoon was watched by an average of 1.61 million and a peak of 2.25 million viewers on NPO1, the main channel of Dutch public-service broadcaster NOS.