The Matildas have again smashed a host of TV records after a monumental night in Australian sport.
More people tuned in to watch the heartbreaking FIFA Women’s World Cup loss to England than any other TV show in the modern ratings era.
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It reached a staggering 11.15 million people nationally with an average audience of 7.13 million, making it the most watched TV program since the OzTAM measurement started in 2001.
The figure included 957,000 viewers on 7plus, smashing the record for the most streaming event ever in Australia.
The final figure is likely to be higher with OzTam numbers not including out-of-home viewing at pubs, live sites and stadiums. It also doesn’t include people streaming on Optus Sport.
Matildas fans go wild at Federation Square. Credit: Getty Images
The Matildas have captivated the nation with their incredible run at the World Cup.
The thrilling win over France in the quarter-final was the most-watched TV show of the year before being eclipsed by the semi-final.
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Thousands of fans have also flocked to live sites around the nation throughout the tournament.
“Australia was captivated last night as the Matildas played their hearts out and did us all proud,” Seven Melbourne managing director and head of sport Lewis Martin said.
“Although their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 journey ended last night, the Matildas have re-written the history books and captured the hearts and minds of the nation with a performance that is sure to inspire generations of Australians for many years to come.
“Seven is beyond proud to have played a part in bringing Australia together around our screens, as the Matildas’ performance captured the Australian spirit like nothing we have seen in decades.”
The Matildas will now take on Sweden in Saturday’s playoff for third place, which will be live and free from 5.30pm AEST on Seven and 7plus.
Sunday’s final between England and Spain begins at 7pm AEST on Seven and 7plus.