Queen Elizabeth funeral attracts 26 million viewers within the UK

Queen Elizabeth funeral attracts 26 million viewers

Greater than 26 million individuals tuned in to observe the Queen’s funeral in the UK on Monday, the primary to be televised for a British monarch.

A mean of 26.2 million individuals watched the hour of the Queen’s funeral service in Westminster Abbey on TV screens, in accordance with the Broadcasters’ Viewers Analysis Board (BARB).

It makes it one of many largest moments in British TV historical past, though it fell wanting the report 32.3 million individuals who tuned in to see England win the World Cup closing in 1966, which garnered the most important ever viewers, in accordance with the BBC.

BARB information for viewers watching on private computer systems, smartphones and tablets might be revealed early subsequent week.

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, almost 70 years in the past, has been described by the BBC as the primary mass tv occasion in the UK, attracting an even bigger viewers than radio for the primary time.

Greater than 20 million individuals watched the coronation in 1953, in accordance with the BBC, with many gathered round TV units in pubs and neighbors’ houses. Cameras had been put in in Westminster Abbey for the primary time to cowl the occasion.

Monday’s funeral was the primary to be televised for a British monarch. The funeral procession of King George VI, her father, was broadcast in 1952, however not the funeral itself.

Loads has occurred since then. The UK inhabitants — and the selection of gadgets and platforms on which individuals can watch TV — has elevated dramatically.

Nonetheless, in 1966, round 59% of the UK inhabitants watched England beat West Germany within the World Cup closing. Immediately’s viewing figures for individuals watching the Queen’s funeral on TV units alone symbolize an analogous proportion, at 55%.

— David Zurawik and Arnaud Siad contributed reporting.

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