England Lionesses World Cup semifinal becomes mostwatched TV show of 2019

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Almost 12million people tuned in to watch the England Lionesses’ dramatic semi-final against the USA in the women’s World Cup, making it the most viewed TV programme of 2019.Phil Neville’s team were dumped out of the tournament in cruel fashion after an equaliser was scrubbed out by VAR and an 82nd-minute was saved. During a five-minute second half period in Lyon, France, 11.7million people were watching the BBC’s coverage of the Three Lions’ 2-1 defeat. That peak figure meant the game had a 50.8 percent share of the audience. It beat the Britain’s Got Talent final by almost 2million viewers and eclipsed the Line of Duty final episode viewing figures of 9.1million. In comparison, more people watched the Lionesses than the men’s World Cup final last year when 10.4million – the same figure as the 2018 Bodyguard finale – watched France beat Croatia 4-2. But the Lionesses have still have some way to go to reach the following of their male counterparts. A total of 26.5million watched Gareth Southgate’s men lose to Croatia in the semi-final last year. Some 24million watched the group game against Columbia and 19.64million watched the quarter-final penalty shootout against Sweden, taking an 87.7 percent share of the audience.  read more