RATINGS! Royal Wedding viewing figures revealed as up to 18 million tune in

Latest UK TV viewing figures and ratings

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An average audience of more than 11 million watched the Royal Wedding on TV yesterday.

On Saturday, Windsor welcomed guests, visitors and well-wishers from across the world to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.


Visitors and viewers had a chance to watch the ceremony followed by the wedding procession leaving from Windsor Castle, through the town centre and along the Long Walk.

In the UK, live coverage was available on BBC One, ITV and Sky as well as new channels and an online feed.

On BBC One, an average audience of 8.7 million viewers tuned in between 9AM and 2PM. The audience hit a peak of 13.1 million during the ceremony at just after 12:30PM.

ITV's coverage - airing between 9:25AM and 3PM - averaged 2.5 million viewers. A peak audience of 3.6 million were watching at just after 1PM when the newly married couple left Windsor Castle.

Sky News, BBC News and Sky One's coverage were each seen by averages of fewer than 500,000 viewers.

Across all channels, the total viewers hit a peak audience of just below 18 million.


The numbers were all down on the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Seven years ago, BBC One's Royal Wedding coverage averaged 13.4 million viewers with a peak of more than 19 million. ITV's shows had over 5 million viewers.

However yesterday's figures still make the Royal Wedding the most watched TV moment of the year so far.

It overtakes Britain's Got Talent, Call The Midwife and Saturday Night Takeaway to top 2018's ratings to date.

Meanwhile, Royal Wedding Highlights on BBC Two at 7PM averaged 3 million viewers.

Elsewhere in this Saturday night's ratings, The FA Cup Final on BBC One averaged 6.7 million viewers, peaking with 8.7 million.


Meanwhile, Britain's Got Talent's latest episode continued with 6.6 million viewers, a dip of 200,000 on last week. The episode peaked with 7.8 million viewers.

The penultimate auditions saw singer Gruffydd Wyn Roberts became the fifth and final golden buzzer act this year, thanks to Amanda Holden.

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