Royal wedding dominates TV ratings
Royal wedding dominates TV ratings

Coverage of the royal wedding dominated TV ratings in Perth last night with wedding-related programming making up six of the 10 most-watched programs.

Viewers overwhelming chose Seven as their wedding network with 339,000 people watching Seven's live coverage at its peak at 7.15pm compared with 171,000 watching ABC1, 53,000 watching Nine and 51,000 watching Ten.

Seven had the top three wedding programs in Perth with the royal wedding late coverage attracting an average 337,000 viewers, the royal wedding averaging 299,000 and the royal wedding family arrival attracting 268,000.

Nationally it was a similar story with Seven taking out the top three spots, with an average 1.5 to 1.7 million tuning into each part of Seven's wedding telecast. Nine's highest-rated coverage, in sixth place, had 1.46 million.

The least popular wedding telecast was Ten's comedic ceremony hosted by Lucy McDonald and Nova FM drive DJs Fitzy and Wippa, attracting an average of just 349,000 viewers nationally and 45,000 in Perth.

With each network breaking the telecast into multiple program names covering the wedding, ceremony and arrivals, and sporting commitments meaning coverage in some States was on the multi-channels, it is no easy task determining exactly how many people were watching nationally but early estimates indicate a metro audience in the vicinity of 4.6 to 5 million.

Perth viewers stuck with Seven for its AFL coverage of the Sydney versus Carlton clash attracting an average 126,000 viewers, the eighth most watched show of the night.

Based on OzTAM overnight total people data, Seven was the most-watched channel in Perth last night with 32.5 per cent of the audience compared with Nine's 10.3, Ten's 8.2 and the ABC1's 20.7.

More than 2 billion people were tipped to watch the royal wedding globally. British newspaper reports of a power surge at the end of the royal wedding could be an indicator that anywhere upward of 20 million people tuned in. Some were tipping William's wedding would out-rate that of his parents, Charles and Diana ,whose 1981 nuptials attracted more than 28 million viewers.

The West Australian

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