According to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), an average of 26.2 million people watched the hour of the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on TV screens.
BARB data for viewers watching on PCs, smartphones and tablets will be released early next week.
More than 20 million people watched the coronation in 1953, according to the BBC, with many gathered around TV sets in pubs and neighbours. Cameras were first installed at Westminster Abbey to cover the event.
Monday’s funeral was the first televised for a British monarch. The funeral procession of King George VI, her father, was broadcast in 1952, but not the funeral itself.
Still, in 1966 about 59% of the British population saw England beat West Germany in the World Cup final. Today’s ratings for people who only watch the Queen’s funeral on TV sets represent a similar percentage, at 55%.
— David Zurawik and Arnaud Siad reported.