BBC bosses must be feeling mighty pleased with themselves, after it was revealed that the Corporation's concert coverage attracted nearly 15 million viewers, making it far and away the most-watched show of the year so far, beating out the Britain’s Got Talent final which had 11.88 million watch Pudsey and Ashleigh win the title.
Gary Barlow’s Diamond Jubilee Concert had peak of 16.9million viewers, with a whole host of A-list performers including Robbie Williams, Kylie, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney taking to the stage.
But it wasn’t until the Queen and Prince Charles joined the performers on stage that the ratings skyrocketed, with the heir to the throne delivering a heart-warming speech in praise of his mother’s dedication and mentioning his absent hospital-bound father, Prince Phillip.
The BBC may have faced a torrent of abuse for its dodgy Thames pageant coverage on Sunday afternoon, but still beat out rival ITV in terms of audience figures, winning an average of 10.3million viewers.
Fewer tuned in to The Diamond Jubilee Carriage Procession on Tuesday, averaging figures of 6.2 million, but the BBC still had 41.9% of viewers tuning in to watch between 1.30pm and 3.45pm.
However the Beeb still managed to attract more than half the available viewers during the entire Bank Holiday Jubilee weekend coverage, which is a rare achievement in this multichannel era.
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