Andy Murray's second Wimbledon final triumph was watched by an average of 9.4 million on Sunday afternoon, a huge increase on the 2015 final
Andy Murray's blistering victory over Canadian Milos Raonic drew a big audience to BBC1 on Sunday, with an average of 9.4m viewers thought the afternoon.
The audience peaked at 13.4m as the Scot sealed victory in straight sets, his second triumph at Wimbledon, at 5pm. That was 70 per cent of the entire TV audience, according to Broadcastnow.co.uk.
Murray's win easily eclipsed last year’s final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, which was watched by an average 7.4m (51.2 per cent) and peaked with 9.2m (54 per cent).
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Later on Sunday, Portugal’s dogged 1-0 win over hosts France peaked with half a million more viewers than Spain’s 2012 win over Italy as viewers flocked to watch the final five minutes of extra time.
Both BBC1 and ITV hit peak audiences at 10.25pm to see Portugal – whose talisman Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured in the first half – shock the French with a late winner from substitute Eder.
BBC1’s coverage peaked with 13.6m (58.7 per cent) while ITV peaked with 2.5m (10.8 per cent).
This combined total of 16.1m was more than the 15.5m that saw Spain beat Italy 4-0 four years ago.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
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