BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Entertainment  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Saturday, 22 June, 2002, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
England defeat breaks records
Fans watch the match in Trafalgar Square, London
Thousands watched the match on giant screens
England's defeat against Brazil in the World Cup was watched by almost 17m viewers, breaking television records.

The numbers watching the quarter-final match notched up the biggest audience figures for a Friday morning on any channel in the past 10 years, the BBC said.

An average of 12.4million watched the BBC compared with the average of 3.6million watching ITV.

A fan sits dejected in Trafalgar Square
Defeat was hard to bear

But ITV was pleased to have narrowed the gap with its rival, with a ratio of 3-1 watching the game on BBC compared with the 4-1 that watched England's second-round victory over Denmark last week.

The actual number who watched the England v Brazil match peaked at 16.9m.

It was the highest viewing figures in the World Cup so far, edging ahead of the 16.8m audience watching the Denmark match.

Pubs

The total number of television spectators is likely to have been even higher, with many people gathering together at pubs and other venues to watch the game.

Despite the defeat, there were still those prepared to watch the highlights.

BBC1 had an average audience of 2m for its late evening show with a peak of 3m.

ITV's 8pm-9pm programme on Friday produced an average audience of 2.1m, peaking at 2.4m.


arrow
 MEN'S FINAL PREVIEW
Ronaldo won the World Cup and the Golden Boot
 LINEKER'S VERDICT
Gary Lineker

See also:

21 Jun 02 | England v Brazil
03 Jun 02 | Entertainment
18 Oct 01 | World Cup 2002
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes