England vs Scotland was UK's most watched women's game of all-time 1 week ago

England vs Scotland was UK's most watched women's game of all-time

Proof of the game's enormous growth

England's World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday drew a peak audience of 6.1 million on BBC One, it has been confirmed.

Goals from Nikita Parris and Ellen White helped the Lionesses over the line against a resolute Scottish side, as Phil Neville's team got their tournament off to a positive start with a 2-1 win.

The viewing figures for the game offer encouragement with regards to the growth of the women's game in the United Kingdom, as it attracted 37.8% of the available audience.

That broke the previous record of 4 million viewers for England's Euro 2017 semi-final against the Netherlands.


The game was Scotland's first ever in a World Cup finals, and Claire Emslie got her country's first ever World Cup goal to put pressure on the English after a one-sided first half.

England were able to hang on though, as they ran out 2-1 winners in a match that was closer than many had expected.

Ahead of the game, England fans were in confident mood with regards to their team's chances in the tournament. England reached the semi-finals in the last World Cup in Canada.