08/11/2012 11:46 EDT | Updated 10/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Broadcast consortium says 1.6 million tune in to early bronze-medal soccer match

TORONTO - An average audience of over 1.6 million viewers tuned into watch the Canadian women's soccer team win a bronze medal at the London Games, Canada's Olympic broadcast consortium reported Saturday.

The game, which had an early start time of 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, reached a peak audience of 3.1 million when Diana Matheson scored in the 92nd minute to give Canada a 1-0 win over France.

The consortium, which includes CTV, RDS, Sportsnet, TSN and V, said an average audience of 3.8 million watched Canada's 4-3 loss to the United States in the tournament semifinal Monday. That game started at 2:45 ET.

The soccer semifinal has earned the consortium the second-highest ratings at the London Games. It trails the audience of 6.2 million that watched Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt defend his 100-metre title.