24.5 million watched royal wedding on terrestrial TV

May 1st, 2011 - 1:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Prince William London, May 1 (ANI): Over 24 million viewers watched Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding on terrestrial television in Britain, according to broadcasters.

The BBC said a peak figure of 20 million viewers, a 70 percent share, tuned into the corporation’s coverage at the end of the service in Westminster Abbey.

According to provisional figures, there were over nine million users of the BBC News website overall on Friday.

The estimated figures put the wedding in the all-time top 10 most-watched programmes, although 32.3 million people watched the 1966 World Cup Final and 32.1 million people watched Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, the BBC reports.

Those watching the other terrestrial channels on Friday, BBC Two, Channel 4 and Five, made up only one percent of the television audience as the wedding service began.

Sky News said it had a peak of 661,000 viewers at the start of the wedding ceremony, with about one million people using its website. (ANI)

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