England’s Euro 2022 final victory over Germany was watched by a peak BBC One TV audience of 17.4 million, making it the most watched women’s football match on British television.
The 2-1 extra time win is also the most watched program in the UK in 2022.
A further 5.9 million streams of the game were made on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.
A record 87,192 spectators watched the game at Wembley Stadium.
Ella Thun and Chloe Kelly scored goals as Lionesses give England first victory in a major international tournament after winning the men’s world championship in 1966.
“We are incredibly proud to support women’s football and are thrilled to be able to bring such a special sporting moment to the public,” said BBC CEO Tim Davy.
“It was the most watched women’s football match on British television of all time and the most watched program in 2022 – and deservedly so. Everyone at the BBC is thrilled with the win and the opportunity to share it with the public. .”
The previous most watched program of the year was The Palace Party, part of the June Platinum Anniversary celebrations, which peaked at 13.4 million.
Women’s football in the UK had previously peaked at 11.7 million when England lost to the United States in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals.
27.4 million viewers watched the BBC coverage of Euro 2022 throughout the tournament. The most watched matches were all England: England vs Germany (17.4m viewers), England vs Sweden (9.3m), England vs Spain (7.6m), England vs Norway (4m) and England vs Austria (3.6 million).
Last year’s Euro 2020 final between England and Italy at Wembley, which was broadcast on both the BBC and ITV. peaked at 30.95 million viewers averaging 29.85 million views.
It was the highest television audience since the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.