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Women’s World Cup ad audience skyrockets as Lionesses roar

The success of The Lionesses in the FIFA Women’s World Cup has resulted in a 254% increase in addressable advertising audience in the past month, data reveals.

The insight from Quantcast has shown that 17.4m addressable devices have engaged with the Women’s World Cup in the past two weeks alone. This highlights the rapid increase in interest as The Lionesses have progressed through the tournament, peaking at 7.3m viewers for the semi-final against the host nation Australia. Now England is in its first World Cup final since 1966, it’s predicted this will reach a fever pitch, attracting even more viewers.

Quantcast’s data also highlights an almost  50% increase in audience interest in the Spanish women’s team, England’s opponents in Sunday’s final, and a 200% increase in interest in content focused on joint tournament top scorer, Lauren Hemp. 

Matt White, VP EMEA at Quantcast, says: “It’s amazing to see the growth in support for not just The Lionesses but the women’s game in general throughout the tournament. Our data proves just that – highlighting a 254% increase in the addressable advertising audience and the sheer volume of people watching the games across all age and gender demographics.

“With the final being played on Sunday, and the weather forecast to be great across most of the UK, it’s a perfect storm for brands looking to target football fans. Whether it’s family gatherings, BBQs or watching from home, businesses will be looking to book their advertising space ASAP to take advantage of the focus on the final. It’s not just the brands that benefit either – with increased viewership comes increased ad spend and a surge in consumer spending, which in turn should provide a much-needed boost for the UK economy.”