England vs Ukraine the UK's most watched TV event of 2021

Robbie Copeland
England fans were out in their masses to watch the game
England fans were out in their masses to watch the game / Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

England's Euro 2020 quarter-final victory over Ukraine overtook their last 16 victory over Germany as the most-watched TV event of 2021 in the UK.

Gareth Southgate's team did their fans proud in Rome as Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson all struck to send the Three Lions into the semi-finals with remarkable ease. It was predicted to be a tough game, and the convincing nature of the 4-0 win has fans believing now more than ever that football may actually be coming home.

Records were broken for the previous round's clash with Germany at Wembley, as 20.6 million people tuned in to watch the 2-0 victory. However, the Ukraine game has narrowly overtaken it as the most-watched TV event of any kind in 2021, with 20.9 million people watching on TV.

The BBC published the figures which confirmed that an astonishing 81.8% of the possible audience watched the match live on BBC One.

It doesn't stop there either. It's estimated that a further 5.2 million people watched the game online, taking the combined figure to 26.1 million people. That's around 35% of the entire UK population, and makes it one of the top ten most watched UK broadcasts ever.

The numbers are incredible, and look even more remarkable when you consider they don't legislate for the millions who watched the game outside of their home. Pubs across the country were packed to the brim, while most places in the UK now allow for up to six people to meet indoors at home.

It's impossible to estimate the total number of people who actually saw the game, but you would suspect it was well over half the total UK population.

Those cheering on England weren't disappointed either as they delivered one of their most well-rounded performances in years to set up a deserved semi-final with Denmark.

And with the viewing numbers trending upwards for every England game so far (with the exception of their Group D clash with the Czech Republic) don't be surprised to see that one shatter even more records.