For all matches across beIN's 24-country coverage area across MENA, the network reported an increase of 135% over its FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 coverage.
BeIN Media Group has recorded more than 5.4bn cumulative views throughout the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on its flagship channel beIN Sports across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and 1.1bn views on its official social media channels.
The final match that ended with Argentina becoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 winners with a 4-2 victory on penalties against France, was watched by 242.8m viewers on beIN Sports’ free-to-air channel. This figure equates to 68%, more than two-thirds, of the MENA’s total adult population and, when analysed per country, results show viewership was particularly strong in Qatar where 93% of the adult population tuned in. In Morocco 91% of adults watched, followed by Lebanon (89%), Algeria (79%), and Egypt (72%). Meanwhile, on its official YouTube channel, the final match drew in a cumulative viewership of 25m with viewership peaking at 4.44m during the penalty shootouts.
The overall viewership across beIN’s 24-country coverage area across MENA for all matches is a 135% increase compared with the Qatar-based network’s broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. The final of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 attracted 88m more viewers on beIN Sports than the final of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Average TV viewership per match throughout the tournament saw a significant rise in 2022 reaching 80.6m, compared to that of 36.2m for 2018’s coverage.
Commenting on the achievement, Mohammad Al-Subaie, CEO of beIN – MENA, said: “It’s incredibly special for us that the first World Cup in the Middle East has broken regional viewership records with more than 5.4bn cumulative views across the month-long tournament. This is evidence of the appetite for football and similar tournaments across the Arab World and we are honoured to have been the exclusive rights holder. We are excited to be preparing for many more extensive broadcasts as we continue to inspire, educate, and entertain viewers across MENA.”
This year’s tournament – the first held in the Middle East – featured four teams from the Arab World: hosts Qatar, neighbouring Saudi Arabia, and North African duo Tunisia and Morocco. Morocco’s Atlas Lions went the deepest, recording landmark victories over Spain and Portugal in the knock-out stages to become the first Arab – and first African – nation to reach a World Cup semi-final.
The figures from beIN, the exclusive FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 broadcast rights holder across 24 countries in MENA, show that aside from the final, the semi-final game that saw Morocco lose out on a spot in the final to France, earned record viewership of 186.1m on beIN Sports. That equates to 52% of the adult population in MENA and Iran tuning in for the match. These figures also show that 99% of the adult population of Morocco watched the African nation’s historic match live on beIN Sports; 82% of the adult population in Qatar watched the match on beIN Sports, 78% in Algeria, 75% in Tunisia, 67% in Lebanon and 63% in KSA.
The semi-final decider between Argentina and Croatia drew in 166.3m viewers across the region. The semi-final figures represent an increase on the quarter-finals where 151.8m million viewers tuned in to see Morocco’s Youssef En-Nesyri’s towering header eliminate a Portuguese team replete with global superstars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Ruben Dias.
BeIN’s social media also posted record numbers with online video views reaching 1.1bn compared to 121m in 2018, and an even more impressive 5.5bn impressions resulting in 400m interactions (not including SnapChat), compared with 235m impressions in 2018 that resulted in 40m interactions.
As the Official Broadcast Partner, beIN Sports played a central role in showcasing the historic tournament. Offering audiences premium broadcast, analysis, and commentary of each game across its seven channels in four languages, beIN Sports’ viewing figures for the month-long tournament underlines the appetite of football fans in the region for this historic first staging in the Arab World.