Queen's funeral leads annual TV ratings with 28million peak audience

Queen’s funeral leads annual TV ratings as figures show sombre event attracted peak audience of 28million

  • The Platinum Party At The Palace came in second, drawing 11.2million viewers on BBC1
  • The final of I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here! was in third place with 10.8million on ITV1 
  • This year’s Eurovision Song Contest was fourth in the list with 8.9 million on BBC1

The late Queen has dominated the TV ratings this year with her funeral and the jubilee topping the most watched programmes of 2022.

A peak audience of about 28million tuned in to watch the funeral in September across a variety of channels, with BBC1’s coverage averaging 13.2million across the day.

Analysis of the top rating shows this year – not including news and sport shows – reveals the concert marking the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee in June, just months before her death, was the second most watched show of the year.

According to figures provided by Overnights.tv, the jubilee concert, called The Platinum Party At The Palace, pulled 11.2million viewers on BBC1.

Pictured: Prince Louis of Cambridge holds his ears as he stands next to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The final of I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here!, which saw former health secretary Matt Hancock finish third as ex-England footballer Jill Scott was crowned champion, was in third place with 10.8million on ITV1.

An average audience of 19.4million tuned in to watch England and France in the World Cup last weekend on ITV, with a peak audience of more than 21million.

The audience for the England women’s team’s European victory over Germany in July hit a high of 17.4million.

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest which was energised by huge support for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, as well as the popularity for the UK entrant Sam Ryder, was fourth in the list with 8.9 million on BBC1.

Strictly Come Dancing, which will finish this weekend, was fifth in the list with 8.7 million, with fellow BBC show Antiques Roadshow next with 6.6 million and ITV entertainment show The Masked Singer in seventh with 6.5 million.

Call the Midwife on BBC1 and ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway filled out the rest of the top ten slots. Call the Midwife and Britain’s Got Talent both got about 6.4 million with the Ant and Dec show getting 6.2 million.

News events surrounding the Queen’s death also brought in millions with the News at Six on BBC1 on the day of the Queen’s funeral getting 8.6 million or a BBC News special on the day of her death watched by 6.3 million.

TOP 20 SMALL-SCREEN AUDIENCES 

For 2022, excluding sport and news output

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into The Palace of Westminster by guardsmen from The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London

Rank/ Programme/ Channel/ Date/ Audience (in millions)

1. State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II (BBC1) September 19, 13.9m

2. Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert (BBC1) June 04, 11.2m

3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (ITV1) November 27, 10.8m

4. Eurovision Song Contest (BBC1) May 14, 8.9m

5. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1) November 19, 8.7m

6. Antiques Roadshow (BBC1) October 30, 6.6m

7. The Masked Singer (ITV) February 12, 6.5m

8. Call the Midwife (BBC) 1 February 20, 6.4m

9. Britain’s Got Talent (ITV) April 16, 6.4m

10. Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) February 19, 6.2m

11. Trigger Point (ITV) January 23, 5.7m

12. Countryfile (BBC1) November 20, 5.6m

13. HM The Queen (BBC1) September 9, 5.6m

14. The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4) November 15, 5.6m

15. Death in Paradise (BBC1) January 7, 5.6m

16. The Repair Shop (BBC1) October 26, 5.5m

17 Ant & Dec’s Limitless Win (ITV) January 8, 5.3m

18. Coronation Street (ITV) February 18, 5.2m

19. Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel (BBC1) November 19, 5.1m

20. Vera (ITV) January 9, 5.1m

 

 

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