Matildas’ win over Denmark scores unbelievable – these are the big sporting events the World Cup match put in the shade
- Matildas match sets impressive record
- Over 3.5 million tuned in to watch
- Highest viewership for any show in 2023
The Matildas have broken the viewership record books with their 2-0 win over Denmark on Monday night, beating out the State of Origin and NRL and AFL grand finals.
More than 3.5 million people watched the highest-grossing match of the Women’s World Cup on Channel 7, with 3.18 million watching television and 385,000 on streaming service 7Plus.
It was the highest viewership for any TV show this year, also surpassing football codes and big reality TV shows.
Sevens coverage of the tournament has now reached a whopping 9.25 million on TV and 1.67 million on 7Plus.
The Australian team’s next match on Saturday night may well topple Ash Barty’s monster ratings when he won the Australian Open in 2022.
Millions of people tuned in for Matildas’ epic 2-0 victory over Denmark on Monday night.
More than 3.5 million people watched the record-breaking blockbuster match
Some 3.6 million viewers stayed up last year to watch Barty defeat American Danielle Collins to become the first Australian to win a Grand Slam in nearly 50 years.
The Matildas reached the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup and welcomed Sam Kerr in style with their victory over the Scandinavians.
Caitlin Foord’s 29th-minute goal, brilliantly driven by Mary Fowler, sent the Matildas on their way before Hayley Raso added a second in the 70th minute in front of a screaming 75,784 fans at Sydney’s Stadium Australia.
After originally being named on the bench while manager Tony Gustavsson was left with an unchanged starting line-up, Kerr entered the field to a standing ovation in the 80th minute.
The Matildas will now face the winner of France-Morocco
It was his first minutes in the tournament, after overcoming a calf injury suffered on the eve of Australia’s opening game.
“I was actually going to play the last game, but the girls ripped it apart so they didn’t need me, and then I thought we’d better rest,” he told Channel 7.
‘Even today there was a chance that she wouldn’t play if the girls crushed her, but we thought it was the best thing for me and the team (come on).
“Coming in was a huge relief after three great weeks.”
Australia will next play either France or Morocco, who meet in Adelaide on Tuesday night, at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.