Brazil vs Germany match sets German TV ratings record as 32.6m tune in to watch World Cup semi-final

Germany's 7-1 defeat beat the previous record set during the 2010 World Cup

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Germany’s 7-1 World Cup defeat against Brazil last night has broken records to become the most-watched TV programme ever in Germany.

German broadcaster ZDF said the match was watched by an average 32.6 million viewers, making it the highest-rated show since viewing data began to be collected in Germany.

The match on ZDF gave the channel a 87.8 per cent share of viewers watching TV in the country at the time, which is also one of the highest figures ever.

The figures suggest 40 per cent of the country’s 80 million citizens tuned in to watch the semi-final, but does not include data for larger groups of people that watched the game together.

The previous record was set during the last World Cup, when 31.1 million viewers watched Germany lose against Spain 0-1 in the semi-final of the 2010 South Africa tournament.


In the UK, the BBC’s coverage of Germany vs Brazil averaged 11.5 million with a peak of 13.8 million.

More than 20 million Brits tuned in to watch England lose 2-1 to Uruguay in the match that determined whether Roy Hodgson’s team would make it through to the round of 16.

The match attracted the highest TV audience since the London 2012 Olympics.

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