World Cup: France v Nigeria, Germany v Algeria Net Massive Numbers In EuropeSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

Setting up a France-Germany World Cup quarter final on Friday in Rio, the two teams advanced on Monday night with massive ratings in their home countries. It took 79 minutes for France to score against Nigeria in Brasilia, leading them to an ultimate 2-0 victory with 16M viewers watching the win on TF1. That was worth 69.5% of the audience — impressive given the match was played at 6 PM local on a week night. The game, which peaked at 21.2M viewers, gave TF1 its 2nd highest score of the year, just behind the France-Switzerland meet-up on June 20 which was seen by 16.7M for a 61.6 share. France-Nigeria now joins the Top Ten most-watched programs ever in France — each of the other nine also involve the national football or rugby teams. Across the Rhine a few hours later, 28.21M German viewers watched their side advance against Algeria in what manager Joachim Löw called “a victory of willpower.” The audience share was a staggering 85.1% and set a new record during this tournament for broadcasters ARD and ZDF. We’ll have more numbers later today. Also later today, Argentina meets Switzerland and Belgium faces off with Team USA.