he Queen’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday was watched by greater than 26 million viewers within the UK, one of many nation’s greatest ever TV audiences, provisional figures present.
The service was broadcast concurrently on a variety of channels between 11am and simply after noon, together with BBC One and Two, ITV and Sky Information.
A median of 26.2 million individuals watched throughout all channels, in response to in a single day scores launched by the analysis organisation Barb.
The determine is just not fairly as excessive because the official scores for the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.
This was seen by a mean of 32.1 million viewers, together with 19.3 million on BBC One and 11.7 million on ITV, and stays the best viewers for a tv broadcast since comparable figures started in August 1981.
It’s also decrease than the mixed viewers of 28.2 million individuals who watched the televised deal with by former prime minister Boris Johnson in March 2020, throughout which he introduced the primary Covid-19 lockdown.
However it’s giant sufficient to rank as one of many greatest TV audiences of recent instances.
The scores are increased than these for the opening and shutting ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Video games, which had 24.2 million and 24.5 million viewers respectively on BBC One, and the ultimate of the Euro 2020 soccer championship in July 2021, which attracted a mixed whole of twenty-two.5 million on BBC One and ITV.
The determine of 26.2 million is a provisional measure of the tv viewers and doesn’t embody those that watched the funeral service on different units.
Official scores for the funeral will likely be revealed by Barb subsequent week and can embody knowledge for individuals who considered the service on tablets, PCs and smartphones.
Sky’s sports activities channels have been among the many many different TV channels which switched from their typical protection to additionally broadcast the historic second of the late monarch’s funeral.
Various channels continued to broadcast different content material through the funeral with Channel 4 airing the Oscar-nominated 1953 technicolour documentary of the Queen’s coronation, titled A Queen Is Topped, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier as an alternative.
Whereas Channel 5 confirmed 2017’s The Emoji Film starring James Corden, Sir Patrick Stewart and Anna Faris.