Sunday 18 August 2019

Euro 2016 seen by two billion people on TV

File photo dated 10/7/2016 of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo with the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. Euro 2016 was the event the UK wanted to know the most about in 2016, Google's Year In Search has revealed.
File photo dated 10/7/2016 of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo with the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. Euro 2016 was the event the UK wanted to know the most about in 2016, Google's Year In Search has revealed.

Two billion people watched the 2016 European Championship live on television, and the total live audience for the 51-match tournament was almost five billion, Uefa has revealed.

Uefa's research said 600 million viewers watched some of Portugal's 1-0 extra-time win over host France in the final.

The final attracted 284.4 million as an "average in-home global audience" - the industry-standard audit tracking viewers minute-by-minute.

That made it the second most-watched game in European Championship history. The average audience was 299 million when Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final.

In comparison, the 2014 World Cup final drew a 570.1 million average for Germany's 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina.

Euro 2016 TV rights earned Uefa 1.05 billion euros (£882 million) from 130 broadcast partners.

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