Guardian: Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup final scores 11 million viewers

London club win scooped highest FA final audience since 2007, boosted by late 5.15pm kick-off and gaining 32% share overallMore than 11 million viewers saw the climax to Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the biggest-rating FA Cup final since 2007.With its audience boosted by a 5.15pm kick-off – later than its traditional 3pm start time – FA Cup Final Live had 5.45 million viewers, a 32% share, between 3.15pm and 7.45pm on ITV1.Live match coverage averaged 8.9 million viewers, with a 15-minute peak of 10.4 million between 6.45pm and 7pm and a five-minute peak of 11.21 million.It was the highest audience for the final since Chelsea’s 1-0 over Manchester United in 2007, when it was still broadcast on BBC1, which had a match average of 9.9 million viewers and a 15-minute peak of 11.5 million.Last year’s final, Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Stoke, averaged 4.3 million (34.9%) with a match average of 6.8 million and a peak of 8.3 million.More details soon…All ratings are Barb overnight figures, including live, +1 (except for BBC and some other channels including Sky1) and same day timeshifted (recorded) viewing, but excluding on demand, or other – unless otherwise stated. Figures for BBC1, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 generally include ratings for their HD simulcast services, unless otherwise stated• To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. If you are writing a comment for publication, please mark clearly “for publication”.• To get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook.TV ratingsTelevision industryITV1ITVFA Cup 2011-12FA CupChelseaLiverpoolJohn 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds