Move over Meghan! England game becomes most watched TV event of 2018 so far. Gary Lineker describes figures as 'astonishing'
England not only managed to beat Tunisia last night – in shock viewing figures just released it’s been revealed that the England game also topped the Royal Wedding, becoming the most watched piece of TV this year!
Almost 18 million Brits tuned in to see the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex say ‘I do’ at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May – making it officially the most-watched TV event of the year.
Harry and Meghan’s big day looked almost guaranteed to be the biggest TV event of the year, but it's been revealed that a peak audience of 18.3 million watched England beat Tunisia 2-1.
Amazingly, another three million fans watched the match on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website. BBC presenter Gary Lineker tweeted that the figures were "Astonishing for an opening group game."
However, the footy can’t match the viewing figure Kate and William’s wedding got in 2011, which peaked at 24.5 million. While back in 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding was watched by 28.4 million.
But if England make it all the way to the final, expect an audience of over 30 million! England's World Cup campaign continues on BBC1 this Sunday against Panama, with coverage starting at 12.10pm.
David is a Senior Digital Content Editor with over 15 years experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest soap spoilers and television news for Whatsontv.
Before working for Whatsontv, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards.
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