- List of most-watched television broadcasts
The following is a list of most-watched television broadcasts, organized by country and based on various criteria.
Follow Me!" a BBCbeginner's English programme broadcast in China as part of the re-establishment of an educational system after the end of the Cultural Revolution. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3363077.stm China's television revolution] , from the website of the BBC programme " From Our Own Correspondent"] [http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2008/03/080312_teacher_flower.shtml Teacher Flower] , from the website of the BBC World Service] The programme, broadcast on one of China's three channels from 1981 to 1989, has been estimated to have attracted a nightly audience of 350 million people during the early 1980s.
The TV series "Matador" originally aired on DR between November 1978 and January 1982, but has enjoyed repeated successful reruns in 1984-85, 1989-90, 1997-98 and 2006-07. The 1985 airing of the series finale still stands as the most viewed ever in Danish TV history, with appr. 3.6 million viewers on May 26th that year, this in a country of some 5.1 million people.
Most-watched U.S. television series episodes
Important Note: None of these figures are verified official figures and are in fact under some dispute.
"(by total number of viewers
British Film Institute, via [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=346942&in_page_id=1773 The Daily Mail] ] )"
"Sources: [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3459903.stm BBC] , [http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=5078274 Reuters] , [http://www.nielsenmedia.com/ratings/topnetworktelecasts.htm Nielsen Media Research] "
Highest rated network telecasts
Elvis Presley's first appearance on "
The Ed Sullivan Show" and the " Lucy Goes to the Hospital" episode of " I Love Lucy" hold the record as the highest rated telecasts of all timeFact|date=September 2008.
Most-watched series finales
Reuters, ratings data from USA Todayweekly ratings charts")
There are no exact figures available for global television events. However, a report by IPG media agency
Initiative Worldwidestated that the 2006 FIFA World Cupwas the most-watched sporting event of that year with an average 1.2 billion viewers per match [ [http://bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601077&sid=aOYdMOmxoV4c&refer=intsports Bloomberg.com: International ] ] .
Such statistics have, however, proved controversial, failing to stand up to scrutiny [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/why-fifas-claim-of-one-billion-tv-viewers-was-a-quarter-right-438302.html The Independent: Why Fifa's claim of one billion TV viewers was a quarter right ] ] , and audience figures cited in billions are practically unverifiable.
It is popularly believed that the British TV show "Top Gear" is one of the most watched shows around the world. It is broadcast in 117 countries and is purportedly watched by up to one billion people. [ [http://www.autotrader.co.uk/EDITORIAL/CARS/FEATURES/33790.html Top Gear around the world - Auto Trader UK - News and Reviews Hub ] ]
The funeral of
Princess Dianawas watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/september/6/newsid_2502000/2502307.stm BBC ON THIS DAY | 6 | 1997: Diana's funeral watched by millions ] ]
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