The Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday was watched by more than 26 million viewers in Britain, one of the country’s biggest ever television audiences, provisional figures show.
His service is broadcast simultaneously on a range of channels from 11am to shortly after noon, including BBC One and Two, ITV and Sky News.
An average of 26.2 million viewers across all channels, according to overnight ratings published by research organization Barb.
This number is not as high as the official rating for the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.
This was witnessed by an average of 32.1 million viewers, including 19.3 million on BBC One and 11.7 million on ITV, and remains the highest audience for a television show since. since the comparative figures began in August 1981.
It is also below the combined audience of 28.2 million who watched former prime minister Boris Johnson’s televised speech in March 2020, during the time he announced the first Covid-19 lockdown.
But it’s big enough to rank as one of the biggest television audiences of modern times.
Rated higher than ratings for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies, which had 24.2 million and 24.5 million viewers respectively on BBC One and the Euro 2020 football championship final in July 2021, grossing a total of 22.5 million on BBC One and ITV.
The 26.2 million figure is an approximate measure for television audiences and does not include those who watched the funeral service on other devices.
The official funeral ratings will be released by Barb next week and will include data on people who viewed the service on tablets, PCs and smartphones.
Sky’s sports channels are among many others that have switched from their typical coverage to also broadcast the historic moment of the late king’s funeral.
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Some channels continued to broadcast alternative content during the funeral with Channel 4 showing the 1953 Oscar-nominated color documentary about the Queen’s coronation, titled A Queen Is Crowned, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier again.
While Channel 5 showed The Emoji Movie in 2017 starring James Corden, Sir Patrick Stewart and Anna Faris.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/queens-funeral-service-seen-by-average-of-262-million-viewers-in-uk-42004760.html The Queen’s funeral averaged 26.2 million viewers in the UK