14 Million Watched Coronation Of King Charles III – Report

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Britain’s King Charles III wearing the Imperial state Crown carrying the Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre leaves Westminster Abbey after the Coronation Ceremonies in central London on May 6, 2023. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

According to the BBC, more than 14 million people watched King Charles III’s coronation on television on Sunday.

The main BBC One channel had 13.4 million viewers at its peak, with an average of 11.9 million watching the event on Saturday.

A signed version on BBC Two peaked at 1.7 million viewers and averaged 1.4 million, according to a statement from the public broadcaster.

Saturday’s coronation, the first in Britain in 70 years, was just the second to be televised and the first in color.

However, the results show that overall viewing figures were significantly lower than on prior important royal events.

Last year’s state burial of Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II, drew one of the largest broadcast audiences in UK history.

An estimated 26.2 million people watched TV alone, with a peak of 28 million, including 18.5 million on the BBC.

On BBC terrestrial television in 2011, more than 24 million people watched the wedding of Charles’ son, Prince William.

In 1997, more than 32 million people in the United Kingdom tuned in to watch the funeral of Charles’ first wife and William’s mother, Princess Diana.

The coronation of Elizabeth in 1953 is regarded as a watershed moment in broadcasting because it was the first to be broadcast on television.

Then some 27 million people watched and 11 million listened to the service on the radio, according to Buckingham Palace. But TV set ownership was low.

The BBC was the only broadcaster at the time.

Since then the media landscape has been transformed, with dozens more channels, as well as online, on-demand and streaming services.

Charles’s coronation was also broadcast live by commercial channel ITV — which only launched two years after Elizabeth’s coronation — and others including Sky News.

Their viewing figures were not immediately available.

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