Belfast Telegraph

UK's World Cup final TV ratings lowest on record

By PA Reporter

France's victory over Croatia attracted the smallest UK TV audience for a World Cup final since current records began.

An average 11.4 million people watched from kick-off to final whistle, according to overnight ratings - 8.6 million on BBC One and 2.8 million on ITV.

The figure is almost half the number who saw France last win the World Cup in 1998.

Some 22.2million watched that match, the biggest UK audience for a World Cup final since comparable records began in 1981.

Ratings for this year's final could have been hit by the warm weather and the game taking place in the late afternoon, rather than in the evening.

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