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Women’s World Cup scores UK viewing record

17.2 million have tuned in so far

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 has set a new record for the reach of a women’s football competition on UK television.

Halfway through the tournament, the World Cup has reached 17.2 million, surpassing the previous record of 12.4 million in 2015.

The competition also saw a record-breaking 6.1 million tune in for England v Scotland, which became the most-watched women’s football game in the UK.

Online audiences across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport have seen a total of 6.2 million live and on-demand programme requests for the group stage matches, while BBC Sport online has received 9.4 million unique visitors so far to the Women’s World Cup section of the site.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: “The interest in the Women’s World Cup so far has been incredible and viewers haven’t been short of daily entertainment as our teams have been working hard to deliver the best tournament to date to the millions that have followed the group stages. To set two new records – 17.2 million current total reach and 6.1 million for England v Scotland – in the opening weeks is extremely pleasing.”