World Cup 2018: England defeat watched by 26.5m

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A peak audience of 26.5 million people watched England go out of the World Cup on ITV, according to overnight figures.

That made it the most-watched five minutes of British TV since the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

Wednesday's audience peaked between 21:30-21:35 BST as England tried to find an equaliser at the end of extra time in the semi-final against Croatia.

But they couldn't score, meaning Croatia won 2-1 to take them into Sunday's final against France.

The overall TV match average for the semi-final was 24.3 million, which doesn't take into account people watching in pubs or on outdoor big screens.

ITV said there were also a record 4.3 million requests to watch it online on ITV Hub.

About 80% of all viewers watching TV in the UK at the time were tuned into the game.

Its ratings reflected the huge interest in England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

However not everyone could stand the tension and some changed channels.

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The previous highest audience during this World Cup was 23.6 million for the climax of England's penalty shootout win over Colombia in the last 16.

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