ESPN and ABC’s UEFA EURO 2020 Audience Up 20 Percent thru Matchday 1


ESPN and ABC’s UEFA EURO 2020 Audience Up 20 Percent thru Matchday 1

France-Germany scores 1.5 million viewers – the largest audience for a UEFA EURO group stage match in 2016 and 2020 

UEFA EURO 2020 on ESPN and ABC delivered an average audience of 934,000 viewers through Matchday 1 (12 matches), a 20 percent increase compared to 780,000 viewers for the first weekend of EURO 2016.


  • France’s 1-0 victory over Germany on ESPN (Tuesday) averaged 1.5 million viewers – the largest audience for a UEFA EURO group stage match in 2016 and 2020
  • EURO 2020’s opening match (Italy vs. Turkey) averaged 700,000 viewers on ESPN, a 27 percent increase over the 2016 opener (France vs. Romania, 552,000 viewers).

Top Three Matches of Matchday 1:

Date Match Network P2+
Tues, June 15 (3 p.m. ET) France vs. Germany ESPN 1,500,000
Sat, June 12 (3 p.m.) Belgium vs. Russia ABC 1,400,000
Sun, June 13 (3 p.m.) Netherlands vs. Ukraine ESPN 1,100,000

Top 10 markets: Raleigh-Durham (1.0), Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (1.0), Philadelphia (1.0), New York (0.9), Las Vegas (0.9), San Diego (0.9), Washington, D.C. (0.9), Boston (0.8), Providence (0.8) and San Francisco (0.7).

UEFA EURO 2020 Continues:

Group stage matches continue tomorrow with three matches including the highly anticipated England vs. Scotland from London’s Wembley Stadium on ESPN beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The two simultaneous Group A matches will switch networks on Sunday, June 20 – Italy vs. Wales will now air on ESPN; Switzerland vs. Turkey on ESPN2. Coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET. On Monday, June 21, Group C matches will also switch networks: Ukraine vs. Austria on ESPN, and North Macedonia vs. Netherlands on ESPN2. The Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Fri, Jun 18 8:30 a.m. Group E – Sweden vs. Slovakia

Steve Cangialosi and Alejandro Moreno

  11:30 a.m. Group D – Croatia vs. Czech Republic

Derek Rae and Efan Ekoku

  2:30 p.m. Group D – England vs. Scotland

Ian Darke and Stewart Robson

Sat, Jun 19 8:30 a.m. Group F – Hungary vs. France

Darke and Robson

  11:30 a.m. Group F – Portugal vs. Germany

Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman

  2:30 p.m. Group E – Spain vs. Poland

Rae and Ekoku

Sun, Jun 20 11:30 a.m. Group A – Italy vs. Wales

Champion and Twellman

  11:30 a.m. Group A – Switzerland vs. Turkey

Cangialosi and Moreno

Mon, Jun 21 11:30 a.m. Group C – Ukraine vs. Austria ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group C – North Macedonia vs. Netherlands ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Group B – Russia vs. Denmark ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group B – Finland vs. Belgium ESPN2
Tue, Jun 22 2:30 p.m. Group D – Czech Republic vs. England ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group D – Croatia vs. Scotland ESPN2
Wed, Jun 23 11:30 a.m. Group E – Slovakia vs. Spain ESPN
  11:30 a.m. Group E – Sweden vs. Poland ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Group F – Portugal vs. France ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Group F – Germany vs. Hungary ESPN2


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