England are a TV ratings hit as record number watch Women’s Rugby World Cup final

England’s rugby team are making history at home after smashing television records in the UK after their Rugby World Cup final defeat against New Zealand.

Saturday night’s defeat against the Black Ferns was watched by 2.6 million people at its peak on ITV1, and the programme averaged 2m viewers – almost twice the number of a typical Premier League game on satellite channels Sky Sports and BT Sport.

The match had the biggest ever peak TV audience for women’s rugby in the UK.



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