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14m tune in to see Spain triumph

Spain's demolition of Italy in the Euro 2012 final drew more than 14 million viewers, overnight figures have shown.

It surpassed the audience for the climax of the 2008 tournament - also won by Spain - which had an average of just 10.6 million.

Sunday night's match also saw a commanding victory for BBC1 as it pulled in six times the audience of ITV1.

The BBC had an average audience of 12.3 million for the 4-0 final, while ITV managed to draw two million.

The biggest match of the tournament proved to be England's exit against Italy a week earlier which landed a 20.3 million average during the game.

Sunday night's coverage peaked with a 13.4 million audience on BBC1, with ITV1's broadcast hitting 2.3 million at its height. The BBC traditionally does well where the two broadcasters go head to head on major occasions.

ITV said its average viewing figure for the tournament was well up on 2008.

Across all its games, the average audience for ITV1 stood at 6.2 million for the 2012 contest, while it managed 4.6 million four years earlier. This year was also up on the World Cup in 2010 for the channel, which had 4.9 million.


From Belfast Telegraph