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Television ratings for World Cup set all-time record in Germany

Television ratings for World Cup set all-time record in Germany

Germany's defeat in the World Cup semifinal drew the largest-ever TV audience in the country, according to year-end ratings for 2006 released Wednesday.
Some 29.66 million Germans _ out of a population of 80 million _ watched Germany's 2-0 loss to Italy on July 4. Telephone surveys estimated another 16 million followed the game on huge screens set up in public across the country.
All seven of the national team's games at the World Cup, hosted by Germany, topped 20 million.
The World Cup final between Italy and France got 25.88 million viewers.
Michael Schumacher's final race on Oct. 22 at the Brazil Grand Prix pulled in 13.45 million, which was the highest non-soccer event in 2006 at No. 15.


Updated : 2020-12-05 02:58 GMT+08:00