Euro 2012: 23 million watch England crash out on penalties
ENGLAND’S penalty defeat at the hands of Italy was seen by more than 23 million people - the highest peak TV audience for eight years.
Overnight viewing figures showed the BBC1 coverage of the Euro 2012 quarter-final hit its height at 10.20pm with 23.2 million watching the deciding shoot-out.
An average audience of 17.4 million watched the coverage, with its extra-time and penalty climax - the highest audience of the tournament so far.
The match, which saw England packed off home, drew three-quarters of all TV viewers during England's penalty agony.
It is the highest peak on any UK channel for eight years, since Euro 2004's England v Portugal match - a game which similarly saw hopes dashed on penalties.
England's previous match in Euro 2012- a 1-0 victory over Ukraine last week - drew a 16.1 million average audience.