Royal wedding wins TV ratings war

2011-12-22 14:57
London - The royal wedding of Prince William and Duchess Catherine attracted more TV viewers than any other programme in Britain in 2011.

Combined figures across BBC1, ITV1, BBC News and Sky saw a total of 26.2 million people tuning in to watch the lavish nuptials on April 29.

The BBC's coverage won the biggest share of the audience, with 13.4 million people making it their channel of choice - more than three times that of those who watched the ceremony on ITV.

The total viewing figure for the wedding is thought to be the third biggest audience in history, though it falls considerable short of the 28.4 million people who tuned in to watch William's parents, Prince Charles and the then-Lady Diana Spencer marry in 1981.

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Meanwhile, The X Factor final was the most watched show on a single channel, with 13.7 million tuning in, taking into account those who watched on time-shifted channels or digital recorders.

ITV's other flagship reality shows, Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Of Here! also drew large audiences, bringing in 12.5 million and 12.2 million respectively.