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BBC reports World Cup user records


The BBC has reported a record-breaking total of 44.5 million users for its World Cup coverage this year.

In total, there was a total of 66.8 million match requests on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport during the past month, with the BBC's coverage of England v Sweden achieving the corporation's highest peak share of the entire tournament at 89%

A thrilling World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday afternoon captivated a peak (1 min) BBC One TV audience of 10.4m with 54% peak share (1 min) and 2m live requests (with 36k on-demand) to stream the match online on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: 
“We have just witnessed one of the most memorable World Cup tournaments ever which has captivated football fans across the United Kingdom. The interest in the tournament and the achievement of England winning through to the semi-finals has been proven in the record-breaking figures for TV and online. It shows the impact that top quality sport can have when made freely available to everyone. We promised to provide 24/7 coverage and our highly praised output on TV, radio and online for the last 32 days has ensured nobody missed any of the action from Russia 2018.”


The top five most requested BBC matches online across BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer live and on-demand were:

1. Sweden v England (3.9m)
2. Tunisia v England (3.09m)
3. England v Panama (3.05m)
4. Brazil v Belgium (2.2m)
5. Spain v Russia (2.1m)


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