World Cup: Germany-Brazil Semifinal Sets German TV Audience Record

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Nearly 32.6 million people watched the game on ZDF, beating a 2010 high mark, while the 87.8 percent audience share ranks among the highest ever.

LONDON – Germany's Tuesday night's 7-1 soccer World Cup semifinal win over host nation Brazil set an all-time ratings record in Germany.

Broadcast network ZDF said on Wednesday it reached nearly 32.6 million viewers on average, making the game the highest-rated program ever in Germany since data has been collected.

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The game gave ZDF an audience share of 87.8 percent of people watching TV in the country at the time, which is also one of the highest figures ever.

The previous record was reached in 2010 when the World Cup semifinal between Germany and Spain drew 31.1 million viewers for a share of 83.2 percent. Germany lost the game 0-1.

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The highest-ever share was reached with 89.2 million in 2010 during the quarterfinal match between Germany and Argentina. The audience only hit 25.95 million that day, though. The second-highest share was reached in 1990 when Germany beat Argentina in the final to win its third and most recent World Cup trophy.

Germany's quarterfinal against France had drawn 26.3 million viewers, down from the tournament high of 28.2 million for the Round of 16 game against Algeria. The team's first match at the Cup against Portugal drew 26.4 million, while a 2-2 tie against Ghana reached 24.5 million.

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In the U.K., the Brazil-Germany game also drew a big audience of 11.5 million on average. The match peaked with 14 million viewers.

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