Euro 2020 final smashes viewership records in the United States

By Sports Desk July 19, 2021

Italy and England combined to produce a nail-biting finale to Euro 2020, which was enjoyed by an average audience of 6.4 million viewers in the United States.

Those staggering viewership numbers meant the 2020 showpiece became the most-watched European Championship final in the USA, surpassing the previous record from the Euro 2012 final (4.5 million for Spain v Italy). Viewership increased 43 per cent on the 2016 final.

Even the first two games of the NBA Finals failed to produce better viewing figures, with the USA appearing to have savoured a memorable European Championship.

In fact, as Gianluigi Donnarumma's shoot-out heroics clinched Italy's first European Championship title since 1968, the audience in the United States peaked at 8.1 million, according to ESPN figures.

The final, as expected, had the most American viewers glued to their screens but Euro 2020 produced wholesale improvements throughout the tournament.

Across all 51 matches at Euro 2020, ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 delivered an average viewership of 1.3 million, a 31 per cent increase on the previous edition in 2016.

The round-of-16 fixtures and semi-final clashes provided the most significant improvements from 2016, with those rounds producing 38 and 37 per cent increases to draw in 1.8 million and 2.5 million viewers on average respectively.

Related items

  • Ashes 2021-22: Starc stunned by Anderson and Broad omissions Ashes 2021-22: Starc stunned by Anderson and Broad omissions

    Mitchell Starc was surprised to see both James Anderson and Stuart Broad left out as England were skittled for 147 on the opening day of the Ashes.

    Starc, whose selection for Australia came under some scrutiny, dismissed Rory Burns with the very first ball of the series at the Gabba on Wednesday, setting the tone for a dismal day for the tourists.

    New captain Pat Cummins took 5-38 as Australia dominated, with bad light and rain preventing the hosts from starting their chase after tea.

    On a green pitch in overcast conditions, Australia's bowling attack thrived, and it seemed the ideal situation in which Broad and Anderson, who have played 315 Tests between them, would have been at their best.

    However, neither bowler was selected in the team for the first Test, so the tourists went into the match without pace bowlers who have collected a combined 1,156 Test wickets.

    "I'm not sure if you told anyone a couple of days ago that was going to happen that they would have believed you," Starc, who finished with figures of 2-35, told reporters.

    "To take 300 Test matches and 1,000 wickets out of their side is pretty interesting.

    "I'm glad I don't have to pick any sides, let alone that one, or tap those two on the shoulder and let them know they're not playing."

    Starc's comments might have rubbed salt into Joe Root's wounds - the England captain having elected to bat after winning the toss.

    Ollie Pope was one of just two batsmen to make it above 30, along with Jos Buttler, and while conceding the odds are already stacked against England, he believes all is not lost.

    "It was a disappointing start especially, so there was frustration that we haven't been able to put on the big score we wanted," Pope told a news conference.

    "The pitch did offer a fair bit early, especially off the seam so we are frustrated as a unit. It's a long tour, a long series and we're going to keep the spirits high and come out fighting tomorrow.

    "Looking at the wicket, it did offer today and wasn't the easiest to score on. You don't know with wickets until both teams have batted on them. I think this pitch gets quicker and keeps carrying.

    "It was quite tacky so it made some dents in the middle of the wicket. It'll be interesting if that opens up. We've definitely got the skill set in our bowlers to drag it back and go big second dig."

  • Ashes 2021-22: England paceman Archer 'almost at the end of the road' with recovery from injury Ashes 2021-22: England paceman Archer 'almost at the end of the road' with recovery from injury

    England fast bowler Jofra Archer has revealed he is "almost at the end of the road" with his recovery from an elbow injury.

    Archer has not played since July and was ruled out of the Ashes series in Australia.

    The paceman was a frustrated spectator as Joe Root's side were skittled out for only 147 on day one of the series at the Gabba.

    But Archer was able to offer some positive news for England fans on a painful day for the tourists.

    "It was a tough one to take seeing the ball bouncing and seaming a little bit [when Australia were ripping through the England batting line-up]," he told Channel 7.

    "This is one tour as a fast bowler that you really don't want to miss.

    "The [scan] results came back yesterday and it was quite promising, actually – everything is moving forward nicely.

    "It is just a matter of waiting a little bit more, being a little bit more patient. I am almost at the end of the road."

  • 'Stop calling Marc' – Overmars signs new Ajax deal 'Stop calling Marc' – Overmars signs new Ajax deal

    Marc Overmars is staying at Ajax after extending his contract with the Eredivisie champions until June 2026.

    Ajax's director of football has been linked with Newcastle United, Barcelona and Arsenal.

    But the former Netherlands winger has ended speculation over his future by putting pen to paper on a new deal with the Amsterdam club, who tweeted "stop calling Marc" when they announced his new deal.

    Overmars, who played for the club between 1992 and 1997 before leaving for Arsenal, said: "I still feel very excited by my work and get a lot of satisfaction out of it.

    "The cooperation with my fellow board members is very good, as well as with the people at the Toekomst [the Ajax sports complex] with whom I work together in the fields of scouting, youth, transfers, and the like.

    "I have a feeling that my work at Ajax is not done yet, so I would like to continue here."

    Ajax president-commissioner Leen Meijaard: "The Supervisory board is very pleased with Marc Overmars as director of football affairs.

    "Of course, the performance of the first team under his leadership is most notable. The team, led by Erik ten Hag [head coach], who was appointed by Marc, is exciting and successful, both nationally and internationally.

    "Furthermore, we also see the good development in other technical football matters. With Marc in the management team, we think that the upward trend that our ambitious club has been on for a few years can be continued."

    Ajax are a point clear of Feyenoord at the top of the Eredivisie and cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League, winning all six Group C matches.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.