The audience share for ITV's coverage of England's disappointing 0-0 draw against Costa Rica, which started at 4pm and finished at 7.30pm, was 38.8 per cent.
Despite the dip in viewers, England's final World Cup match still attracted a higher audience share than any other programme yesterday.
The number of viewers rose to a five-minute peak of 9.5 million at 6.35pm, with a peak audience share of 48 per cent.
By comparison, ITV's audience for England's defeat to Uruguay last week attracted a peak of 20.3 million viewers, higher than the 17.3 million who tuned in to watch Andy Murray win Wimbledon in 2013 and significantly higher than recent audiences for 'The X Factor' final.
The average audience for last week's game was 13.1 million, more than twice the average for England's battle with Costa Rica.