England beat Germany in a major football tournament for the first time since winning the World Cup in 1966, and the action garnered the UK’s largest audience of Euro 2020 to date.
With second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, England beat an old foe 2-0. Aired on BBC One, the game peaked with 20.6 million viewers in the final stages, as Gareth Southgate’s men had a half-full Wembley Stadium in ecstasy.
Overall, BBC One coverage averaged 13 million viewers from 4 p.m. to 7.35 p.m., according to BARB figures provided by overnights.tv. That was equivalent to 69% of the population watching available television at the time, with former England striker Gary Lineker presiding over the historic scenes in London.
England vs Germany topped the group match between England and Scotland, which peaked at 19.4 million earlier this month, the UK’s previous audience record for Euro 2020.