Wayne Rooney’s winning goal in England’s Euro clash with Ukraine was seen by more than 15m viewers as ITV1’s coverage drew the biggest audience of the tournament so far.
England v Ukraine (ITV1) 7pm-10.10pm
12.37m (49.41%) / 79k (0.33%) +1
The header came in the 48th minute of the game at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk and helped secure England’s place in the quarter finals.
ITV1’s live coverage of England’s final Group D match began at 7pm with 3.82m (20.3%).
This rocketed to 12.91m (53.75%) for the 7.45pm kick-off and peaked with 18.49m (63.46%) in the five minutes from 9.30pm.
A further 150k can be added to into that peak when factoring time-shifted ITV1+1, taking the total to 18.64m.
It proved the biggest peak audience across all channels for the year to date, even beating the Diamond Jubilee Concert that topped the 17m mark on 4 June.
The average audience for the duration of the game, from 7.45pm-9.50pm, was 15.7m (57.79%).
It meant ITV1 dominated ratings throughout the evening, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.
Previous England games
France v England (ITV1) 11 June
8.9m (47.13%) – peak 15.26m (60.44%)
Sweden v England (BBC1) 15 June
10.95m (45.09%) – peak 16.25m (60.28%)
There was further Euro 2012 coverage on ITV4 with the Sweden v France game.
Full coverage of the fixture, from 7pm to 9.45pm, averaged 250k (0.99%) and peaked with 633k (2.19%) in the five minutes from 9.35pm as Sweden won 2-0.
Unsurprisingly, BBC1 proved no match for ITV1 football coverage and could only draw a couple of million for a repeat of crime drama Inspector George Gently.
Later in the evening, new drama True Love dipped a little on the previous night’s 2.65m but remained over BBC1’s slot average of 2.2m (15%).
It concludes with a double-bill tonight.
Great Ormond Street (BBC2) 9pm-10pm
1.39m (5%) / 17k (0.23%) HD
In the face of stiff competition, BBC2’s documentary series from the world famous children’s hospital ended on a low.
The six-part series averaged 1.74m (7.2%), not quite matching BBC2’s slot average of 1.97m (8.25%).
Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic (C4) 8pm-9pm
1.08m (4.1%) / 192k (0.7%) +1
The Restoration Man (C4) 9pm-10pm
920k (3.3%) / 146k (0.8%) +1
All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry (C4) 10pm-11.05pm
458k (2.5%) / 31k (0.3%) +1
Embarrassing Bodies matched last week’s airing, but a documentary about renovating a derelict church could not match C4’s 9pm slot average of 2.11m (8.8%).
Grayson Perry ended his exploration of British taste on a low. The three-part series averaged 501k (2.8%) – less than half C4’s slot average of 1.35m (7.2%).
Killers Behind Bars: the Untold Story (C5) 8pm-9pm
710k (2.7%) / 55k (0.2%) +1
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (C5) 9pm-10pm
1.04m (3.7%) / 212k (1.1%) +1
Big Brother (C5) 10pm-11pm
1.34m (7.1%) / 50k (0.5%) +1