The Queen’s funeral was seen by 4.1 billion people – this is the world’s eight most watched television broadcasts

The Queen’s funeral was seen by 4.1 billion people – this is the world’s eight most watched television broadcasts

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral was watched by 4.1 billion television viewers, making it the world’s most watched television broadcast. The funeral had more than six times as many viewers as the Apollo 11 moon landing.

While hundreds of thousands of people followed Queen Elizabeth’s funeral from the streets of London, 4.1 billion people watched via television screens. This is according to estimates put forward by the newspaper Express.

The BBC has stated that the funeral coverage recorded an audience of 28 million in the UK alone.

– Yesterday was BBC One’s biggest viewing day since the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, a spokesperson for the TV channel said the day after the funeral.

The second-most watched television moment in world history is the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, 6.3 billion are said to have watched this. Until Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, no other televised program came close to matching the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics.

Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 is the world’s third most watched telecast, and 2.5 billion caught it. There were 600 million more people who watched the princess’s funeral than the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, which is the world’s fifth most watched televised event.

The concert series Live 8 was broadcast live on television all over the world and is the world’s fourth most watched television show. Live 8 was a series of concerts held in July 2005. Nine concerts took place on 2 July. According to Wikipedia, A-ha was among the bands that took part in the concert in Berlin. The concerts took place on the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, just before the G8 summit at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. The goal of the concerts was to negotiate more “fair” rules for international trade to end hunger and poverty in the Third World.

The fact that football is popular is also shown in the television statistics. In 2018, 1.1 billion people watched the World Cup final between France and Croatia. This is the world’s sixth most watched TV show.

100 million fewer watched the memorial service for Muhammad Ali in 2016, and 625 million watched the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.

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