Spain-Costa Rica World Cup match draws 10.8 million viewers in Spain


MADRID: A total of 10.8 million viewers watched Spain take on Costa Rica in the World Cup on Wednesday on Spanish national channel TVE and pay-TV Gol Mundial, according to data from the measurement firm Barlovento audience.

This compares to the 15.1 million viewers who watched Spain’s opener against Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Spain beat Costa Rica 7-0 for their biggest ever World Cup victory in a game that took place at 5 p.m. local time when many people were still at work. The team’s 2018 opener aired at 8 p.m.

The data, compiled by Kantar Media for Barlovento, takes into account homes, second homes and guests, but does not measure viewers in bars and mobile platforms such as tablets or cellphones.

The most watched game in Spanish history was the 2010 World Cup final, when Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in South Africa. A record 16.7 million viewers were glued to their screens when Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal.

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