England's World Cup defeat seen by 13.5m people

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Wayne Rooney was dejected at the end of England's final World Cup match

An average of 13.5 million people saw England's football team crash out of the World Cup on Sunday, according to overnight figures.

The audience reached a peak of 17.5 million at 1615 BST, around the time Germany scored the two goals that secured their 4-1 victory.

Yet the number of people who viewed the match is likely to have been higher.

That is because many fans watched the game, broadcast on BBC One, on big screens in pubs and public spaces.

The TV audience grew steadily throughout the game, according to data provided by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (Barb).

Yet it was not the highest recorded during England's disappointing World Cup campaign - that was during England's 1-1 draw with the US which peaked at 17.7 million.

The figures for England's final game in the tournament contrasted with Sunday's other World Cup match, also shown on BBC One.

Argentina's game with Mexico drew an average audience of 6.1 million, reaching a peak of 7.4 million at 2100 BST.

Amid the excitement in South Africa, the final episode in the current series of Doctor Who had only moderate success.

Saturday's series finale was seen by an average of 5.1 million people - down on the 8 million who watched new Doctor Matt Smith's debut in April.

It was also less than half the audience who tuned in to watch former Doctor David Tennant's final episode on New Year's Day.

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