Royal Wedding Tops 2018 TV Viewing Figures
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was the biggest TV event of the year thus far, with 13.1 million people watching on the BBC and 3.6 million on ITV.
The level of exposure was remarkable both domestically and globally, and a major coup for the performers involved. The cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who played a frankly astonishing set including Ave Maria, saw his album rise to the top of Amazon’s classical album charts yesterday.
Aside from the two major channels, Sky News, Sky One and the BBC News Channel were each viewed by audiences of less than half a million.
Despite topping 2018’s viewing figures, Harry and Meghan’s wedding was still significantly down from William and Kate’s in 2011, which was viewed by over 24 million. Further still, Charles and Diana’s wedding back in 1981 surpassed 28 million viewers. This is reflective of the fragmentation of viewing over time.