TV viewers follow Royals

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The UK Royal Wedding on 29 April 2011 between Prince William and Kate Middleton was one of the best watched UK TV broadcasts of all time, with 26.2m viewers watching the couple tie the knot across BBC1, ITV1, BBC News channel, Sky News and Sky Living.

The figures were down on the 28. 4m that watched Prince Charles and Lady Dianas wedding in 1981. Before the wedding some media made ambitious predictions that it would be watched by as many as 2bn people around the globe – almost a third of the world's population. The Nielsen Company said that an average of 22. 7m viewers at home in the US watched the wedding live. And in India, 42. 1m tuned into watch the ceremony according to the ratings agency aMap. In Australia, Seven was victorious in the fight for royal wedding coverage between four free–to–air networks with the top three rating programmes and six in the top 10 shows. Seven's Royal Family Arrival picked up 2. 388m viewers, while its Royal Wedding – Late coverage received 2. 162m and the Royal Wedding itself had 2. 15m. The royal wedding was shown by Seven, Nine, Ten and the ABC, with Nine scoring the fourth–highest rating programme with 2. 096m viewers for its royal wedding coverage. ABC received 1. 668m for its Chaser–less coverage, while Ten's biggest rating wedding programme was The Ceremony – With Fitzy, Wippa & Lucy with 514, 000 viewers. On subscription television the royal wedding was covered by UKTV from 6pm to 11. 45pm, averaging 255, 000 viewers and peaking at 8. 01pm with 374, 00 viewers. This was the highest non–sporting programme on pay television since the final of Australia's Next Top Model in June 2009.

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