Nations League audiences remain steady as Spain thrash Germany to qualify
Spain’s massive win over Germany to secure qualification for the Uefa Nations League Finals attracted strong audiences in the respective countries on Tuesday night.
In Spain, an average audience of 4.9 million tuned in to watch the country’s 6-0 victory on La 1, the main channel of public-service broadcaster RTVE.
That equated to a market share of 27.4 per cent, according to El Periódico.
Spain's 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Saturday had been seen by 3.7 million people on La1, a share of 21.8 per cent.
Despite the huge loss against Spain, a significant average audience of 7.3 million watched the match in Germany on public-service broadcaster ARD.
In comparison, rival public-service broadcaster ZDF reported an average of 8.16 million viewers for its live coverage of Germany’s 3-1 win over Ukraine last Saturday.
All five of Germany's previous Nations League games in the present cycle have averaged around 8 million viewers, with the best to date being the 8.18 million that tuned in for the 3-3 draw with Switzerland last month.
The defeat against Spain ended Germany’s hopes of qualifying for next year's Finals.
Also on Tuesday, France continued to post strong viewership figures for their games as 5 million tuned in for their 4-2 win over Sweden on commercial broadcaster M6, a 20.3 market share.
However, the figure is significantly lower than the 7.2 million that watched France’s 1-0 victory over Portugal on rival commercial broadcaster TF1 on Saturday, which was one of the most-watched games of the national team since it won the World Cup two years ago.
The win over Portugal in Lisbon had already seen France qualify for the Finals.
Elsewhere, in the other big TV market in Europe, the UK, pay-TV broadcaster Sky announced record figures for its coverage of Scotland and Northern Ireland’s Uefa Euro 2020 play-off finals matches last week.
With Sky making both matches available free-to-air, Scotland’s penalty shoot-out victory over Serbia in Belgrade was watched by an average audience of 1.48 million viewers, which the broadcaster claimed was its most-watched Euro 2020 qualifier.
The audience peaked during the penalty shoot-out with an average of 2.6 million viewers tuning in across the Sky Sports Football, Sky One and Pick channels.
That peak audience helped to deliver a 63 per cent audience share in Scotland as the nation qualified for their first major tournament in 22 years.
Northern Ireland’s 2-1 extra-time loss against Slovakia in Belfast was viewed by an average audience of 257,000 across the Sky Sports Premier League and Challenge channels.
The match had a peak viewership of 563,000 towards the end of extra time, a market share of 30 per cent.