Paris (AFP)

The quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup between Wales and France was the most watched match since the start of the competition on TF1, with 6.7 million viewers, according to data from Médiamétrie on Monday.

The first channel obtained an overwhelming audience share (62.9%) with this match broadcast Sunday morning.

This is the best score recorded by TF1 since the start of the Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Japan, at morning hours for French fans of the oval ball.

The other games played by the Blues had garnered ups and downs: 4 million against Argentina, 2.7 against the United States, and 5.2 million against Tonga. The long-awaited blow to England on October 12 did not occur because of a typhoon.

The short defeat (20-19) against Wales marked the elimination of the Blues from the competition. A disappointment for the official broadcaster, the TF1 group, even if the hearings of other teams can give him a balm to the heart: the match Japan-South Africa, Sunday at midday, has garnered 4.3 million viewers , ie an audience share of 30.2%.

The television group, which had shared the broadcast of the 2015 edition with Canal +, is this time the only broadcaster of the competition in France. For the first time, it broadcasts the entire event live and in plain language, on its TF1 and TMC channels, as well as on its MYTF1 platform.

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