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WORLD CUP MADNESS SURGES IN GERMANY

July 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

About 34.65 million German viewers, representing 86.3 percent of the country’s TV audience on Sunday, tuned in to German state broadcaster ZDF to watch the final game of the World Cup. The figure exceeded the previous record of 32.6 million viewers who tuned in for last Tuesday’s German-Brazil match. (Because fewer TV sets were in use on that day, the percentage of viewers who tuned in for the match was 1.5 percent higher than Sunday’s.) In the U.K., the final match attracted 12.1 million viewers, some 600,000 fewer than the final match did in 2010. It also aired on ITV, where it averaged 2.9 million, about 100,000 more than in 2010. The figures do not include out-of-home viewing at public places such as bars and big-screen locations. Facebook and Twitter also set records on Sunday with Facebook recording 280 likes, posts and comments from 88 million unique users, making it the most discussed sports event ever on the social media site. Twitter recorded 618,725 tweets per minute at the end of the match, also a record. Commented the Wall Street Journal: "The frenzy on both platforms underlines the extent to which fans have flocked to Facebook and Twitter to follow events on the field during the competition, communicate with friends and family and support their favorite teams."