Millions of Australians tune in to SBS for Socceroos’ 2018 World Cup debut

The first Socceroos game was the most-watched program on Saturday June 16.

SBS’s live coverage of the Socceroos’ premiere appearance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 16 was the most-watched program of the night in Australia. It has become the ninth highest-rating FTA program nationally in 2018 to date.

The Australia v France game had 1.653 million (metro) watching. It reached 3.4 million people (metro + regional). The live broadcast of the match averaged 2.1 million (total people metro + regional), peaking at 2.7 million around the middle of the second half when scores were level. It achieved 44.9% metro FTA share and 33.1% regional FTA share.

To date, SBS’s coverage of Russia 2018, including live matches (RUS v KSA, POR v ESP, FRA v AUS), match replays, pre- and post-match analysis and daily highlights programs, has reached 4.3 million Australians (metro + regional).

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