A peak audience of 23 million viewers watched England crash out of Euro 2012 at the hands of Italy last night on BBC One.

BBC One’s coverage of the England v. Italy game unsurprisingly dominated the ratings for Sunday evening. The match went into extra time as neither team managed to score either goals. At the conclusion of extra time the match was still goal-less resulting in penalty shoot-outs – every England fan’s worst fear. Unfortunately for England the penalty shoots outs once again proved too difficult a mountain to climb.

According to overnight figures the Euro 2012 match drew an average audience of 17.3 million viewers to BBC One between 7pm and 10.45pm. However, the match peaked much higher than the penalty shoot-outs pulling in 23.2 million viewers!

Ratings elsewhere suffered last night with fantasy drama Once Upon A Time on Channel Five dropping to 780,000 viewers followed by Big Brother at 9pm which had 775,000 viewers. ITV‘s best ratings of the evening was for Emmerdale at 7pm which was seen by 4.5 million viewers but a repeat of David Jason drama A Touch of Frost pulled in just 1.9 million viewers. Channel Four‘s One Born Every Minute at 8pm could mustered around half a million viewers while The Secret Millionaire managed to attract 670,000.

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