Millions In the UK Tuned In To Watch The Queen’s Funeral, BBC Reveals
It’s safe to say that, at this point, whoever doesn’t know about Queen Elizabeth the II’s death is living under a rock. No, I’m guessing it would have to be under a mountain because the news was inescapable. CNN, BBC, SABC, NTA, Sky News, GB News and hundreds of foreign and local news networks covered it in varying degrees. BBC, Sky News and CNN dedicated over eight hours to cover the funeral, which, because it was Brits, didn’t fail to lack the flare and pageantry the Brits are popularly known for.
Hundreds of dignitaries and world leaders graced the event to pay tribute to the late Monarch, whose long reign meant she met with dozens of heads of state from all over the world.
It’s safe to say that the funeral service was more than a historic event, but with so many on the streets in Britain, how many actually watched it n their telly?
22 Million People Watched the Queen’s Funeral Service in the UK
According to BBC, over 22 million people watched the Queen’s funeral service held at Westminster Abbey across BBC networks and its iPlayer streaming service. Reports estimate that the number peaked at 22.4 million people. 32.5 million watched it for at least three minutes, making it the biggest audience since the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012.
In America, the funeral service was watched by 11.5 million people according to a report by the Nielsen ratings agency on Wednesday.
This figure only represents the number of people who watched it on 13 different cable and broadcast networks plus viewership in public places, such as bars and restaurants. It does not represent the number of people who streamed it online.
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