Healthy audience share for RTP as Portugal win first Nations League
RTP, the Portuguese public-service broadcaster, drew its largest television audience of the year as the country's soccer team were crowned the first winners of the Uefa Nations League.
RTP achieved an average audience of 27.6 per cent of residents (Portugal has a population of around 10.3 million) and share of 61.6 per cent for the team’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands in Sunday evening’s final, on home soil in Porto.
The audience peaked at 35 per cent at 9.34pm, a minute from the end of the match, when the share was 70.8 per cent.
The final was settled by a 60th minute goal from Portuguese striker Goncalo Guedes.
The average audience rose to 27.9 per cent, although the share slipped to 57.1 per cent, for the post-match analysis.
Portugal were the hosts of the inaugural Nations League Finals, the climax of a tournament that has largely replaced international friendlies in Europe, and the final took place in front of more than 43,000 fans at Porto's Estadio do Dragao.
In the Netherlands, public-service broadcaster NOS pulled in an average of 3.29 million viewers for the final.
This was up from 2.6 million for the Netherlands’ defeat of England in last Thursday’s semi-final.
In Spain, La1, the main channel of public-service network TVE, attracted an average audience of 1.8 million, a 12.1-per-cent share, for the Nations League final.