Nearly 14 million watch England match

Many watched World Cup in groups, making tally likely higher

LONDON -- Nearly 14 million viewers watched England's do-or-die World Cup soccer match against Slovenia on Wednesday, which saw England lift their previously poor form to secure a 1-0 victory and avoid being kicked out of the tournament.

The match began at 3 p.m. London time, attracting a peak audience of just under 14 million at 4:30 p.m. in the final moments of the match.

All told, the match averaged 10 million viewers on the BBC, a 75% share, while 800,000 more watched the match streamed live on the BBC website.

However, the majority of viewers of the office-hours match are likely to have watched in groups in offices or in pubs, making the total tally of viewers likely much higher.
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