Millions tuned in during work to watch Lionesses beat Matildas
Posted by  badge Boss on Aug 17
Millions tuned in to watch the lionesses’ victory (Picture: Reuters; Getty; AP)

’s 3-1 victory against Australia in the semi-finals of the was watched by an average of 4.6 million people.

The win means that Lionesses have now progressed to their first-ever World Cup final. Could football be coming home once again? We hope so!

The semi-final match took place on Wednesday at 11am in the UK as the match took place in Australia at 8pm. The early kick-off on a weekday didn’t stop a peak audience of 7.3 million from tuning in to watch the history-making game.

The victory became the most-watched game of the tournament and many more are expected to cheer on the team against on Sunday. As it’s not on a weekday it could mean many fans won’t have to take time away from work to watch the match this time.

Those who did tune in yesterday would have seen impressive goals from Ella Toone, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo, which gave England the win over the Matildas in Sydney.

The average audience of 4.6 million was for of the semi-final, which ran for three and a half hours during the morning and afternoon.

Millions of fans watched the win (Picture: PA)

In addition, the broadcaster said the game was streamed over 3.8 million times on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Online, as well as 2.7 million further streams of highlights and clips from the game being viewed on its digital platforms.

A peak audience of 11.7 million watched the Lionesses’ previous World Cup semi-final in 2019 – a game which ended in a 2-1 defeat to the USA.

England Women’s Euros success in 2022 attracted an average of 11 million people, with a peak TV audience of 17.4 million, which remains the record for a women’s football match in the UK. The Lionesses could be in with a chance of beating this on Sunday.

The England Lionesses will play against Spain in the final on Sunday (Picture: Getty)
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They’ve been getting plenty of support from celebrities ahead of the monumental match including , who are sure to be watching on this weekend. The

Good luck Lionesses!

The England V Spain final begins at 11am BST. Coverage begins at 10am on BBC and 10:15am on ITV.