Prince Philip’s funeral was watched by an audience of over 13 million on BBC and ITV in the UK, as the Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest during an intimate service in Castle grounds Windsor.
Some 82.8% of available viewers were glued to the coverage of BBC One and ITV between 3 p.m. and 3.15 p.m. local time, just after the Duke of Edinburgh was transported to St George’s Chapel and his funeral began .
That 13 million peak will have been higher once you factor in audience ratings on news channels including BBC News, Sky News and CNN International. Sky One, for example, simultaneously broadcast Sky News coverage to 50,000 viewers at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, special news broadcasts on Channel 4 and Channel 5 were watched by 1.2 million at the same time.
BBC reporter Lizo Mzimba reported that 13.62 million viewers watched the entire hour-long service on BBC, ITV, Sky One, BBC News and Sky News.
BBC One made up most of the audience. It peaked at 10.8 million by 3 p.m. and averaged 6.62 million over a four-hour broadcast, according to nightly BARB figures provided by nights.tv.
For context, the Queen Mother’s funeral was seen by a peak of 10.4 million viewers in 2002, according to the BBC. Princess Diana’s funeral was attended by around 32 million people in 1997.