Record viewers for Euro 2008 in Germany

More than 28 mil Germans tune in for soccer tourney

COLOGNE, Germany -- More than 28 million Germans tuned in Monday to watch the national squad beat Austria 1-0 in the first round of the Euro 2008 soccer championship, a new ratings record for the tournament.

Public broadcaster ARD scored a 77% share for the evening's primetime event. Things looked even better in the key 14-49 demographic, where 12.4 million viewers, a 79% share, caught the match.

Far behind in the runner-up slot was "CSI: NY" on commercial network Vox, which drew a paltry 830,000 viewers, a 6.2% share.

It was a similar story across the border in Austria, where 2.2 million viewers, 72% of the audience, watched their home team get knocked out of the tournament on public channel ORF.
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