The Queen’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday was watched by greater than 26 million viewers in the UK, one of the country’s largest ever TV audiences, provisional figures present.

The service was broadcast concurrently on a spread of channels between 11am and simply after noon, together with BBC One and Two, ITV and Sky News.

An average of 26.2 million folks watched throughout all channels, in accordance to in a single day rankings released by the research organisation Barb.

The figure isn’t fairly as high because the official rankings for the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.

This was seen by an average of 32.1 million viewers, together with 19.3 million on BBC One and 11.7 million on ITV, and stays the very best viewers for a tv broadcast since comparable figures started in August 1981.

It can be decrease than the mixed viewers of 28.2 million individuals who watched the televised handle by former prime minister Boris Johnson in March 2020, throughout which he introduced the primary Covid-19 lockdown.

But it’s massive sufficient to rank as one of the largest TV audiences of trendy occasions.

The rankings are greater than these for the opening and shutting ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which had 24.2 million and 24.5 million viewers respectively on BBC One, and the ultimate of the Euro 2020 football championship in July 2021, which attracted a mixed complete of 22.5 million on BBC One and ITV.

The figure of 26.2 million is a provisional measure of the tv viewers and doesn’t embody those that watched the funeral service on other gadgets.

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