The Matildas cemented their standing as national heroes and media superstars on Saturday, defeating France in the Quarter Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and delivering the highest rating TV sport program of the past decade.
The Matildas’ thrilling victory over France at Brisbane Stadium in a 7-6 penalty shootout reached more than 7.2 million people (preliminary data) on Seven and 7plus, with an estimated average audience during the game of 4.17 million.
The estimated average includes the game’s overtime, which was not captured in the preliminary OzTAM broadcast audience numbers for the game*.
The Matildas v France games' adjusted average audience of 4.17 million included a national broadcast audience of 3.69 million viewers on Seven (2.62 million in the capital cities) plus 472,000 viewers on 7plus. It is the #1 TV program of the year.
The 472,000 viewers on 7plus makes the Matildas v France game the biggest streaming event ever seen in Australia.
(OzTAM data does not take into account out-of-home viewing at clubs, pubs, sporting venues and so on.)
The Matildas will now take on England in the Semi Final, to be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney this Wednesday, 16 August.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Semi Final - Matildas v England: from 7.00pm AEST, Wednesday 16 August, live and free on Seven and 7plus