FIFA Women’s World Cup opens strong

Saturday's opening match was watched by an average audience of 1.8 million, making it the most-viewed ever for the tournament.

Canadians tuned into the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 on Saturday in record numbers.

An average audience of 1.8 million watched the game on CTV, TSN and RDS, enough to make it the most-watched game in the history of the tournament in Canada.

Overall, 5.6 million unique Canadians tuned in to see Canada beat China in front of a record crowd in Edmonton. Audience levels peaked at 2.6 million viewers when Canadian captain Christine Sinclair scored on a penalty kick in added time.

Online, the game attracted more than double the daily average of live streaming views on TSN GO.

The tournament continues through July 5 across Canada.

Image: Team Canada captain Christine Sinclair