16m tune in to Germany World Cup win

The World Cup presenters of BBC One

BBC One enjoyed an audience share of over 50% for its coverage of the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday evening.

With an average audience of 12.1 million, BBC One had more than four times that of its nearest rival ITV (2.9 million), which also showed Germany beat Argentina 1-0 thanks to Mario Gotze's late goal in extra time.

The BBC One coverage attracted a peak viewership of 16.7 million, at just past 10pm, which was a share of nearly 60% of the UK audience.

But the figures were down in comparison to the 2010 final in South Africa, when almost 18 million people tuned in to the BBC at the tournament's climax, with an average of 15.1 million viewers.

Watch a clip from Alan Hansen: Player and Pundit

The match was also Alan Hansen's final appearance as a pundit. He retired after 22 years of analysis on Match of the Day, through which he became a leading voice of authority within the game after an illustrious playing career at Liverpool.

Mike Ingham Radio 5 Live's Mike Ingham

But his time as a pundit has always been remembered - and playfully recalled by presenters such as Gary Lineker - for uttering the famous line: 'You can't win anything with kids' in the same season that Manchester United's young team went on to win the 1995-96 Premier League.

'It was the line that made me. I'd be at Euston station or Heathrow airport and they'd be shouting it at me,' said Hansen recently. 'To this day, I stand by that line. How many times have you seen a manager pick experience over youth, it happens all the time.'

Another stalwart of BBC football stepped down on Sunday, with Radio 5 Live's chief football correspondent Mike Ingham retiring after 23 years in the role.

Ingham, who will be succeeded by John Murray, commentated on eight World Cups during his BBC career, as well as many more of the sport's biggest moments.

He will continue to appear on the station, presenting a series of special football programmes.


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