A record number of people tuned into German broadcaster ZDF to see Germany thrash Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup Semi-Final. An average of 32.6m viewers from Germany watched their country advance to the final of the World Cup, making it the highest-rated show ever in Germany.
Of viewers watching TV in the country at the time, 87.8% were watching the football, which is one of the highest figures to date. The figures also suggest that 40% of Germany’s 80 million population tuned in, however, this does not include those groups who watched the game together.
The previous record set in Germany was during the World Cup in South Africa 2010 where 31.1m saw Germany lose against Spain 1-0 in semi-final.
The UK’s broadcaster of the game BBC average 11.5m viewers, peaking at 13.8m.
In the UK, the BBC’s coverage of Germany vs Brazil averaged 11.5 million with a peak of 13.8 million. The match attracted the highest TV audience since the London 2012 Olympics.
Germany striker Miroslav Klose also broke the record for the number of goals scored (16) at the World Cup. He surpassed Brazil striker Ronaldo who he shared the record with at 15 goals.