The England V Italy Euro 2020 final is the third most-watched TV event in UK history

For the past month or so, it’s been hard to escape all of the hype surrounding the football. Even those who usually couldn’t care less about football were totally absorbed into the Euro 2020 competition. After being starved of sport during the height of the pandemic, we were ready and raring to embrace the Euros, which was supposed to take place last year. What’s more, this marked the very first year England reached the finals of the competition. To say the nation was excited seems like a bit of an understatement.

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It’s no surprise then to learn that the Euro 2020 final match between England and Italy has become the third most-watched TV event in UK history. In fact, it was the most-watched TV event for over 20 years.

It’s been reported that on Sunday evening an average of 17.8 million people tuned in to BBC One to watch the Euros, which takes place every four years. An additional average of four million people watched the final match on ITV.

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The BBC had a whopping 25 million people watch the game at its peak, during the live broadcast. The peak of ITV’s viewing figures reached 5.8 million. The combined figures total up to around 31.1 million, which means that the England V Italy game is now the third most-watched TV broadcast of all time, the Metro reports.

We can’t help but wonder, what TV moments took the two top spots? Well, in second place is Princess Diana‘s funeral in 1997 which was watched by 32.1 million.

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In first place, was England’s World Cup victory in 1966 that pulled in the most ever viewers. A staggering 32.3 million people tuned in to watch England’s one and only World Cup win.

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Even if you were one of the few who didn’t watch the match, by now we all know how the Euro 2020 final ended. Football sadly didn’t come home, with England losing to Italy on a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 score at full-time.

Despite the loss, we’ve never been more proud of an England squad. Luckily, the 2022 World Cup is only a year away for us to cheer them all on again…