AFC Asian Cup draws 32MN TV viewers for CCTV-5

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 26 January 2015

Australia's win over China in the quarter finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2015 attracted an average television audience of 27 million in China.

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015The viewing figures for China's state-run sports channel CCTV-5 on 22 January were the highest for a football match in recent years, as Australia sealed a 2-0 victory thanks to two goals from Tim Cahill.

Peak viewing figures reached 32 million on CCTV-5, with a total channel reach of 76 million, or total reach (including via regional broadcasters) of 95 million during the match, which was held in Brisbane.

"The average audience on CCTV-5 exceeded the previous record of 23 million, which was set for the second leg of the 2013 AFC Champions League final between China's Guangzhou Evergrande and Korea Republic's FC Seoul," said a statement from marketing agency World Sport Group (WSG) Media.

Australia will now face the UAE in the second semi-final in Newcastle, Australia on Tuesday 27 January. Iraq plays the Korean Republic in the first semi-final on Monday 26 January.

Photo caption: Tim Cahill scored twice as hosts Australia beat China 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.