A peak audience of 26.5 million people watched England go out of the World Cup on ITV, according to overnight figures.
That made it the most-watched broadcast on British TV since the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
Wednesday’s audience peaked between 21:30-21:35 BST as England tried to find an equaliser at the end of extra time in the semi-final against Croatia.
But they couldn’t score, meaning Croatia won 2-1 to take them into Sunday’s final against France.
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