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World Cup: France V Belgium Shatters 2018 Record For TF1 With 19.1M Viewers

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The hits keep coming for TF1 as Frances national football team continues advancing in the World Cup. Tuesday nights dazzling victory over Belgiums Red Devils saw Les Bleus move into to the finals for the 3rd time in history, and shatter ratings records for the leading commercial broadcaster with a new 2018 benchmark.

In total, 19.1M viewers were glued to their TVs for 70.5% of the audience which peaked at 22.3M. That does not take into account the millions who were watching in bars and town squares throughout the country to see Samuel Umtitis header put the French on top 1-0.

Tuesdays ratings, which Le Point says rep the 9th best score in French television history, tower over last Fridays quarter-final World Cup match which saw France defeat Uruguay with 12.9M watching, although the audience share was higher at 76. Overall, the tournament has been a winner for TF1, setting viewing records for the year throughout. La Une has 28 key matches while pay channel BeIN Sport has aired all of them. Both will show Sundays final against either England or Croatia at 5PM local time.

The 1998 World Cup final, which France won at home, was seen by 20.6M viewers while the all-time record for TV viewing in France is the semi-final between France and Portugal in the 2006 World Cup with 22.2M and a 76.7 share on TF1. The TV landscape is certainly different today, but some see more records falling come Sunday.

British fans watching across the Channel to see who they might play should the Three Lions make it to the final numbered 10.6M viewers for BBC One and a 50.9 share. Thats one of the biggest scores for a non-England match this tournament, notes our Peter White.

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