STV has said it set the record for the highest ever opening game audience across a Euro competition on any channel after last night’s Scotland v Germany game.

The broadcaster said it reached 1.79 million viewers and scored a peak audience of 1.3m.

This meant it was the channel’s best watched programme of 2024 and also the biggest audience for any channel in Scotland so far this year.

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On STV Player meanwhile, there were 524 000 streams, making it the streamer’s highest ever match – compared with 494 000 for England v Denmark at Euro 2020.

Things didn’t go Scotland’s way on Friday night as they suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to the hosts.

Steve Clarke’s side found themselves 2-0 down inside 20 minutes and things went from bad to worse when Ryan Porteous was sent off just before half time.

MD of broadcast at STV Bobby Hain said: “We’re thrilled to have delivered exclusive coverage of the first match of the Uefa Euros 2024 between Scotland and hosts Germany.

“Scotland is a nation of proud football fans and the incredible ratings for both the channel and STV Player are testament to that.

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“With loads of live matches live on STV, we’re hugely excited about a month of top-flight football coming up for fans.”

Scotland’s next game will come on Wednesday, June 19 when they take on Switzerland before the final group-stage match against Hungary on June 23.