Women's World Cup: France tournament sets new record for UK television reach

The 2019 Women's World Cup has become the UK's most viewed women's football tournament on television.

The event has achieved a combined TV reach of 17.2 million people, beating the 12.4 million total set for the whole of the 2015 tournament in Canada.

England's win over Scotland set an audience record for a women's football game on UK TV of 6.1 million.

BBC Sport director of sport Barbara Slater said the figures were "extremely pleasing".

Most-watched matches (millions)
England 2-1 Scotland6.1
England 1-0 Argentina5.4
Japan 0-2 England4.7
France 4-0 S Korea2.2
USA 3-0 Chile2.0

In addition to the TV figures above, there have been 6.2 million streams of World Cup action on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.

The BBC Sport website and app have received a total of 9.4 million unique visitors to World Cup content since the start of the tournament.

Slater added: "The interest in the Women's World Cup so far has been incredible and viewers haven't been short of daily entertainment as our teams have been working hard to deliver the best tournament to date to the millions that have followed the group stages.

"To set two new records - 17.2 million current total reach and 6.1 million for England v Scotland - in the opening weeks is extremely pleasing."

The knockout phase of the tournament begins on Saturday, with Germany facing Nigeria at 16:30 BST and Norway taking on Australia at 20:00.

Both games will be available on BBC Two and the action will continue on Sunday on BBC One when Phil Neville's England side take on Cameroon at 16:30.

Full last-16 schedule

Saturday, June 22

Germany v Nigeria (16:30 BST, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online)

Norway v Australia (20:00 BST, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online)

Sunday, June 23

England v Cameroon (16:30 BST, BBC One, BBC iPlayer and online)

France v Brazil (20:00 BST, TBC)

Monday, June 24

Spain v USA (17:00 BST, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online)

Sweden v Canada (20:00 BST, TBC)

Tuesday, June 25

Italy v China (17:00 BST, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online)

Netherlands v Japan (20:00 BST, TBC)

BBC Sport has launched #ChangeTheGame this summer to showcase female athletes in a way they never have been before. Through more live women's sport available to watch across the BBC this summer, complemented by our journalism, we are aiming to turn up the volume on women's sport and alter perceptions. Find out more here.