ITV has reported that its broadcast of the England vs France World Cup match on Saturday was watched by 23 million people.

Now the channel’s biggest audience of 2022, the Quarter-final was shown across ITV and as the Three Lions were narrowly defeated by France following a missed penalty from Harry Kane.

“The game drew the biggest audience of the tournament and the highest peak on any channel this year (biggest since the final of last year’s European Championship between England and Italy),” ITV stated.

It was the most watched programme on television on any channel this year for all viewers, (15.1 million) and ages 16-34s (2.5m). This meant that ITV had its best Saturday night on record, with records going back to 2002.

“Across all viewing on all devices, an average audience of 20.4 million viewers watched the match – with an average of close to 16 million viewers watching the full live and exclusive coverage,” the group continued.

“The England v France match was streamed 15.3m times and Morocco’s win over Portugal, shown live on ITV earlier on Saturday, was streamed 8.2m times.

“In total there were 30 million streams on ITVX yesterday, which is the best ever for the Hub or ITVX.”

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