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List of most-watched television broadcasts

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The following content contains the tentative list of the most-watched television broadcasts around the world in selected countries, with the corresponding peak viewership (or ratings share) records, the corresponding year of such broadcast, and the mentioned media research organizations tallying nationwide viewership records. However, the most-watched television broadcast in any of the following nations can also be broadcast simultaneously in other countries and rank among their most-watched television broadcasts as well.

Global

India

India measures shows through TRP (Television Rating Point). Shows had higher ratings in 2000s versus now. The only show now that scores above just the 3.3 mark is Kumkum Bhagya, and its spin off Kundali Bhagya along with Naagin (2015 TV series) all shows produced by the same banner Balaji Telefilms. Currently, Naagin (2015 TV series) is the highest grossing TV Show which garnered a highest TRP of 6.1 in 2016 and Naagin 3 which got 10.8 million viewership in its opening week (Week 23, 2018) Ironically 2.5-3.5 TRP was considered an average in the 2000s era of serials. The most-watched channel for years has been Star Plus , then Zee TV with major competition from Colors. Mahabharat (1988–1990), the television adaptation of Indian epic Mahabharata, had a share of 97.8% among Indian viewers.[1]

Aamir Khan's talk show Satyamev Jayate (2012–2014) drew an estimated audience of 600 million viewers in India.[2] The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 cricket cup was watched by an estimated 730 million viewers in India, with India vs. Pakistan being the most widely watched live event during the tournament.[3] The Doraemon anime series is India's highest-rated children's television show as of 2017, with a total of 478.5 million viewers across Hungama TV and Disney Channel India.[4][5]

Rank Show TRP Network
1 2016 Indian Premier League Final 44.68 Sony Pictures Networks
2 Kasautii Zindagii Kay 35.31 Star Plus
3 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi 22.1 Star Plus
4 Hum Paanch 13.5 Zee TV
5 Koshish Ek Aashaa 11.15 Zee TV
6 Amanat 11.15 Zee TV
7 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand 10.0 Star Plus
8 Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin 9.2 Sony TV India
9 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 8.4 Star Plus
10 Diya Aur Baati Hum 7.7 Star Plus
11 Naagin (2015 TV series) 6.1 Colors TV

Most viewed broadcasts

Rank Show Episode Viewership(millions) Date Network
1 2011 Cricket World Cup Sri Lanka vs India (final) 340[6] 2 April 2011 Star Sports Network
2 2015 Cricket World Cup Australia vs India (semi-final) 309[7] 26 March 2015 Star Sports
3 2015 Cricket World Cup India vs Pakistan (group stage match) 288[7] 15 February 2015 Star Sports
4 2015 Cricket World Cup West Indies vs India (group stage match) 262[7] 6 March 2015 Star Sports
5 2015 Cricket World Cup India vs South Africa (group stage match) 257[7] 22 February 2015 Star Sports
6 2015 Cricket World Cup India vs Bangladesh (quarter-final) 251[7] 19 March 2015 Star Sports
7 2015 Cricket World Cup Zimbabwe vs India (group stage match) 205[7] 14 March 2015 Star Sports
8 2017 ICC Champions Trophy India vs Pakistan (group stage match) 201[8] 4 June 2017 Star Sports
9 2008 Indian Premier League Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders (group stage match) 195[9] 18 April 2008 Sony Pictures Networks
10 2015 Cricket World Cup Ireland vs India (group stage match) 168[7] 10 March 2015 Star Sports

Ireland

A list of most-watched shows in the Republic of Ireland in the 21st century was released in January 2015. The Late Late Toy Show held the top six spots, with the 2014 edition drawing 1,593,000 viewers: over one-third of the country's population. Other high-performing shows were Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, crime drama Love/Hate, Mrs. Brown's Boys, The Sunday Game, UEFA Euro 2012 and the Eurovision Song Contest.[10]

Japan

The following list is for Japanese anime only.

No. Show Household Rating Date Network
1 Chibi Maruko-chan 39.9%[11][12] 28 October 1990 Fuji TV
2 Sazae-san 39.4% 16 September 1979 Fuji TV
3 Dr. Slump 36.9% 16 December 1981 Fuji TV
4 Dokonjō Gaeru 34.5% 23 February 1979 NTV
5 Japanese Folklore Tales 2 33.6% 10 January 1981 TBS
6 Lupin the Third 32.5% 8 December 1978 NTV
7 Touch 31.9% 22 December 1985 Fuji TV
8 Ashita no Joe 31.6% 13 March 1980 NTV
9 Doraemon 31.2% 11 February 1983 TV Asahi
10 GeGeGe no Kitarō 29.6% 22 March 1986 Fuji TV

Mexico

A list of most-watched shows in the Mexico, Televisa and TV Azteca broadcasters (Liga MX Apertura and Clausura), Boxing, 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, (FIFA World Cup hosts 1970 & 1986), some concerts like Maná's Unidos por La Paz at Estadio Azteca in March, 2001; in 2007, the last episode of "La Fea Más Bella", Funeral events like Chespirito at December, 2014 the creator of TV Series El Chavo del ocho and El Chapulin Colorado, and Celebration of Mexican political anniversaries in 2010 celebrate independence from Spain also called Bicentenario 2010, had an average audience of over 40 million views in Mexican Television.

New Zealand

In 2011, the television website Throng published a list of the 12 most-watched television broadcasts in New Zealand from 1995 to 2011. This is based on average viewership of the program, but it does not include broadcasts from before 1995 or after 2011.[13]

The Rugby World Cup has frequently had large audiences – the Rugby World Cup 2011 final, and a semi-final, both had an average audience of over 2 million.

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No. Show Viewship Date Network
01 2011 Rugby World Cup Final (NZ v France) 2,036,900 23 October 2011 TV 1, TV 3, Prime, Sky Sports, Maori TV
02 2011 Rugby World Cup Semi-final (NZ v Australia) 2,024,000 16 October 2011 TV 1, TV 3, Prime, Sky Sports, Maori TV
03 2011 Rugby World Cup Opening Game (NZ v Tonga) 1,930,000 9 September 2011 TV 1, Prime, Sky Sports, Maori TV
04 Boxing: Lennox Lewis vs. David Tua World Title Defence 1,841,230 12 November 2000 TV 3
05 One News special – Death of Diana, Princess of Wales 1,703,310 31 August 1997 TV 1
06 2000 Summer Olympics opening ceremony 1,654,310 15 September 2000 TV 1
07 One News special – Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales 1,649,710 6 September 1997 TV 1
08 2011 Rugby World Cup Qtr Final (NZ v Argentina) 1,624,400 9 October 2011 TV 1, TV 3, Prime, Sky Sports, Maori TV
09 2003 Rugby World Cup Final (England v Australia) 1,604,800 22 November 2003 TV 1
10 Martin Bashir's interview with Diana, Princess of Wales 1,516,780 21 November 1995 TV 2
11 2011 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony 1,499,160 9 September 2011 TV 1
12 2007 Rugby World Cup (NZ v France) 1,410,410 7 October 2007 TV 3

Philippines

AGB Nielsen

The following table shows the all-time highest rating television shows in Mega Manila as tallied by AGB Nielsen since 1992. However, ratings are from a single highest recorded episode of the show (in the case of the TV series) and it is not the average over-all ratings for the whole season or series.

Top 20 highest rated television programs in Mega Manila since 1992
(AGB Nielsen tallies)[14][15]
Rank Network Program Year Rating
1 ABS-CBN Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales 2005 83.5%
2 ABS-CBN Rosalinda 1999 69.8%
3 ABS-CBN Esperanza 1997 67.0%
4 ABS-CBN Pangako Sa 'Yo 2002 64.9%
5 ABS-CBN Meteor Garden 2003 63.8%
6 ABS-CBN Miss Universe 1994 1994 62.5%
7 RPN Marimar 1996 61.7%
8 ABS-CBN María Mercedes 1996 59.7%
9 RPN Miss Universe 1999 1999 58.4%
10 GMA Bubble Gang 1997 57.6%
11 ABS-CBN Maalaala Mo Kaya 1992 57.3%
12 ABS-CBN Balitang K 1998 56.6%
13 ABS-CBN Wansapanataym 1997 56.4%
14 ABS-CBN TV Patrol 1996 56.0%
15 GMA i-Witness 1999 55.3%
16 ABS-CBN Magandang Gabi, Bayan 2000 55.0%
17 GMA MariMar 2007 54.9%
18 ABS-CBN Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar Larios 2006 54.4%
19 GMA Darna 2005 54.3%
20 ABS-CBN Mula Sa Puso 1997 53.7%

Poland

List of the 10 most-watched television broadcasts since the beginning of telemetry research in Poland (since 1997) by Nielsen Media Research:[16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Rank Program Date Channel Number of vievers Share
1 Funeral of Pope John Paul II 8 April 2005 TVP1, TVP2, TVP3, Polsat, TVN, TVN24 and others Over 21,400,000 Almost 90%
2 UEFA Euro 2016: Poland vs Portugal (quarter-final) 30 June 2016 TVP1, Polsat, Polsat Sport 15,974,822 86.57%
3 UEFA Euro 2012: Poland vs Russia (group stage) 12 June 2012 TVP1, TVP Sport, TVP HD 14,683,216 81.51%
4 UEFA Euro 2016: Germany vs Poland (group stage) 16 June 2016 TVP1, Polsat, Polsat Sport 14,352,012 80.89%
5 UEFA Euro 2012: Czech Republic vs Poland (group stage) 16 June 2012 TVP1, TVP Sport, TVP HD 14,070,492 81.28%
6 FIFA World Cup 2018: Poland vs Colombia (group stage) 24 June 2018 TVP1, TVP Sport 13,631,335 75.45%
7 UEFA Euro 2012: Poland vs Greece (group stage) 8 June 2012 TVP1, TVP Sport, TVP HD 13,308,343 83.78%
8 2002 Winter Olympics: Ski Jumping Men's K120 Individual
(Adam Małysz's silver medal)
13 February 2002 TVP1 13,259,612 75.15%
9 Funeral of President Lech Kaczyński and First Lady Maria Kaczyńska 18 April 2010 TVP1, TVP2, TVP Info, Polsat, Polsat News, TVN, TVN 24 and others 13,033,967 86.68%
10 UEFA Euro 2016: Ukraine vs Poland (group stage) 21 June 2016 TVP1, Polsat, Polsat Sport 12,639,308 81.67%

Portugal

[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33]

Rank Show Episode Rating Share Date Channel
1 UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal vs The Netherlands (semi-final) 40.1 85.4% 30 June 2004 RTP1
2 UEFA Euro 2012 Portugal vs Spain (semi-final) 39.5 76.0% 27 June 2012 SIC
3 UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal vs England (quarter-final) 39.0 85.1% 24 June 2004 RTP1
4 UEFA Euro 2016 Portugal vs Wales (semi-final) 38.4 75.4% 6 July 2016 RTP1
5 UEFA Euro 2016 Portugal vs France (final) 38.2 78.1% 10 July 2016 RTP1
6 UEFA Euro 2012 Portugal vs The Netherlands (group stage match) 38.1 73.4% 17 June 2012 TVI
7 2014 FIFA World Cup United States vs Portugal (group stage match) 37.8 75.4% 22 June 2014 RTP1
8 UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal vs Greece (final) 37.7 89.7% 4 July 2004 RTP1
9 UEFA Euro 2016 Poland vs Portugal (quarter-final) 37.4 69.9% 30 June 2016 RTP1
10 2006 FIFA World Cup Portugal vs France (semi-final) 37.2 82.3% 5 July 2006 SIC
11 A Próxima Vítima The Last Episode 37.1 80.2% 19 January 1996 SIC
12 UEFA Euro 2012 Czech Republic vs Portugal (quarter-final) 36.1 71.7% 21 June 2012 RTP1
13 UEFA Euro 2004 Russia vs Portugal (group stage match) 35.5 81.4% 16 June 2004 SIC
14 UEFA Euro 2016 Portugal vs Iceland (group stage match) 35.1 68.6% 14 June 2016 RTP1
15 UEFA Euro 2004 Spain vs Portugal (group stage match) 34.9 83.2% 20 June 2004 TVI
16 2006 FIFA World Cup Portugal vs The Netherlands (round of 16) 34.9 80.7% 25 June 2006 SIC
17 UEFA Euro 2008 Portugal vs Germany (quarter-finals) 34.5 75.6% 19 June 2008 TVI
18 2015 Portuguese legislative election Debate: António Costa vs. Pedro Passos Coelho 34.1 66% 10 September 2015 RTP1, SIC, TVI
19 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Sweden vs Portugal (second leg playoff match) 34.1 62.2% 19 November 2013 RTP1
20 UEFA Europa League SL Benfica vs Chelsea FC (final) 33.8 62.3% 16 May 2013 SIC
21 UEFA Euro 2000 France vs. Portugal (Semi-finals) 33.2 76.7% 28 June 2000 RTP1
22 2006 FIFA World Cup Angola vs Portugal (group stage match) 32.8 80.9% 11 June 2006 SIC
23 2018 FIFA World Cup Iran vs Portugal (group stage match) 32.4 71.6% 25 June 2018 RTP1
24 UEFA Euro 2012 Germany vs Portugal (group stage match) 32.4 68.3% 9 June 2012 RTP1
25 O Rei do Gado Brazilian telenovela 32.2 January 1997 SIC
26 UEFA Champions League Monaco vs Porto (final) 31.7 70.5% 26 May 2004 RTP1
27 UEFA Euro 2016 Croatia vs Portugal (Round of 16) 31.3 70% 26 June 2016 RTP1
28 UEFA Europa League Sevilla FC vs SL Benfica (final) 31.1 61.4% 14 May 2014 SIC
29 UEFA Champions League Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid (final) 30.8 64.3% 24 May 2014 TVI
30 Terra Nostra Brazilian telenovela 30.8 64% 11 January 2000 SIC
31 2006 FIFA World Cup Portugal vs Iran 30.4 83.1% 17 June 2006 SIC
32 UEFA Europa League Juventus FC vs SL Benfica (semi-final) 30.4 58.9% 1 May 2014 SIC
33 Big Brother Portugal Live eviction show 30.2 72.5% 26 December 2000 TVI
34 2018 FIFA World Cup Uruguay vs Portugal (round of 16) 30.1 70.1% 30 June 2018 RTP1
35 2018 FIFA World Cup Portugal vs Spain (group stage match) 30.1 69.1% 15 June 2018 RTP1
36 UEFA Cup Sporting CP vs CSKA Moscow (Final) 30.1 68.4% 18 May 2005 RTP1
37 Taça de Portugal SL Benfica vs Sporting CP (Sixth round) 29.9 62.6% 26 January 2005 RTP1
38 Torre de Babel Brazilian telenovela 29.8 77.1% 2 April 1999 SIC
39 UEFA Euro 2008 Switzerland vs Portugal 29.8 71.8% 15 June 2008 TVI
40 UEFA Cup Celtic FC vs FC Porto 29.7 67.5% 21 May 2003 SIC
41 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany vs Portugal (third place play-off) 29.6 78.4% 8 July 2006 SIC
42 UEFA Champions League Barcelona vs Benfica (quarter-finals) 29.3 65.4% 5 April 2006 RTP1
43 2006 FIFA World Cup England vs Portugal (quarter-finals) 29.2 88.1% 1 July 2006 SIC
44 2010 FIFA World Cup Spain vs Portugal (Round of 16) 29.1 75.9% 29 June 2010 RTP1
45 Juntos Por Todos Benefit concert 28.8 67.8% 27 June 2017 RTP1, SIC, TVI
46 Médico de Família Portuguese TV series 27.9 61.4% 16 March 1999 SIC

South Korea

Viewership ratings are provided by two companies in South Korea, AGB Nielsen Media Research and TNmS. Originally Media Service Korea was the only company providing such information, and it was later acquired by Nielsen Media Research. In 1999 TNS Media Korea also began such service, and later changed its name to TNmS. AGB collects viewership data based on 2050 households, while TNmS has 2000 households with measuring devices. Drama ratings usually vary between the two companies by 2–3%.[34]

Top 20 most-watched South Korean dramas since 1992 (AGB Nielsen tallies)
# Drama Channel Viewership Date
1. First Love KBS2 65.8% 20 April 1997
2. What is Love MBC 64.9% 24 May 1992
3. Sandglass SBS 64.5% 6 February 1995
4. Hur Jun MBC 63.7% 27 June 2000
5. Sunny Place of Youth KBS2 62.7% 12 November 1995
6. You and I MBC 62.4% 12 April 1998
7. The Son and the Daughter MBC 61.1% 21 March 1993
8. Taejo Wang Geon KBS1 60.2% 20 May 2001
9. Eyes of Dawn MBC 58.4% 6 February 1992
10. Dae Jang Geum MBC 57.8% 23 March 2004
11. Lovers in Paris SBS 57.6% 15 August 2004
12. See and See Again MBC 57.3% 12 October 1998
13. Truth MBC 56.5% 24 February 2000
14. Jealousy MBC 56.1% 21 July 1992
15. Even When the Wind Blows KBS1 55.8% 26 February 1996
16. Bathhouse Men KBS2 53.4% 25 August 1996
17. Gook Hee (tie) MBC 53.1% 16 November 1999
17. Trap of Youth (tie) SBS 53.1% 15 April 1999
19. Tomato SBS 52.7% 3 June 1999
20. M MBC 52.2% 30 August 1994

Sweden

Statistics from Mediamätning Skandinavien.[35]

Most-watched programmes per year

Year Programme Date Number of viewers (millions) Network
2000 Melodifestivalen 2000 10 March 4.175 SVT2
2001 Melodifestivalen 2001 23 February 3.84 SVT1
2002 Melodifestivalen 2002 1 March 3.72 SVT1
2003 Melodifestivalen 2003 15 March 3.815 SVT1
2004 Melodifestivalen 2004 20 March 4.105 SVT1
2005 Melodifestivalen 2005 12 March 4.055 SVT1
2006 Melodifestivalen 2006 18 March 4.240 SVT1
2007 Melodifestivalen 2007 10 March 3.975 SVT1
2008 Melodifestivalen 2008 15 March 4.045 SVT1
2009 Melodifestivalen 2009 14 March 3.59 SVT1
2010 Melodifestivalen 2010 13 March 3.87 SVT1
2011 Melodifestivalen 2011 12 March 3.67 SVT1
2012 Melodifestivalen 2012 10 March 4.11 SVT1
2013 Melodifestivalen 2013 9 March 4.15 SVT1
2014 Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar god jul 24 December 3.705 SVT1
2015 Melodifestivalen 2015 14 March 3.771 SVT1

Most-watched sport events per year

Year Programme Date Number of viewers (millions) Network
2000 UEFA Euro 2000 Final (FRA–ITA) 2 July 2.34 SVT2
2001 2001 World Men's Handball Championship Final (FRA–SWE) 4 February 2.635 TV4
2002 2002 European Men's Handball Championship Final (SWE–GER) 3 February 3.06 TV4
2003 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final (GER–SWE) 12 October 3.525 TV4
2004 UEFA Euro 2004 (SWE–DEN) 22 June 3.796 TV4
2005 2005 World Championships in Athletics 7 August 4.055 TV4
2006 2006 Men's Olympic Ice Hockey Final (SWE–FIN) 26 February 3.52 SVT2
2007 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2007 – Women's slalom 16 February 2.23 SVT1
2008 UEFA Euro 2008 (GRE–SWE) 10 June 3.03 TV4
2009 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 1 (DEN–SWE) 10 October 1.805 Kanal 5
2010 2010 FIFA World Cup Final (NED–ESP) 11 July 2.66 SVT1
2011 2011 IIHF World Championship Final (SWE–FIN) 15 May 2.035 TV3
2012 UEFA Euro 2012 (UKR–SWE) 11 June 2.94 SVT1
2013 2013 IIHF World Championship Final (SWE–SUI) 19 May 2.915 TV4
2014 2014 FIFA World Cup (GER–ARG) 13 July 2.810 TV4
2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 1 May 2.272 SVT1

United Kingdom

Most-watched special events

The majority of special events attracting large audiences are often carried on more than one channel. The most-watched programme of all time on a single channel is the 1973 wedding ceremony of The Princess Anne, shown only on BBC1. The figures in these tables represent the average viewership achieved by each broadcast during its run-time and do not include peak viewership.

Rank Event Viewers
(millions)
Date Network
1 1966 FIFA World Cup Final: England v West Germany 32.30[36] 30 July 1966 BBC One/ITV
2 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales 32.10[37] 6 September 1997 BBC One/ITV
3 Royal Family (documentary) 30.69[36] 21 June 1969 and 28 June 1969 BBC One/ITV
4 Apollo 13 splashdown 28.60[38] 17 April 1970 BBC One/ITV
5 1970 FA Cup Final replay 28.49[38] 29 April 1970 BBC One/ITV
6 Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer 28.40[39] 29 July 1981 BBC One/ITV
7 Wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips 27.60[38] 14 November 1973 BBC One
8 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony 24.46[40] 12 August 2012 BBC One
9 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony 24.24[41] 27 July 2012 BBC One
10 Torvill and DeanOlympic Ice Dance Championship 23.95[42] 21 February 1994 BBC One

Notes:

Most-watched programmes

The following is a list of most-watched programmes, excluding sporting events and news coverage. The mid-1980s introduction of in-week repeat showings accounts for six of the top ten programmes. On this measure, the 1996 Christmas edition of Only Fools and Horses is the most-watched non-repeated, non-documentary programme of all time in the UK. It is the third most-watched programme of all time on a single channel, after the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony and the wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips in 1973 (see below).

Rank Show Episode Number of viewers
(millions)
Date Network
1 EastEnders Den serves Angie with divorce papers. 30.15[48] 25 December 1986* BBC One
2 EastEnders Michelle Fowler reveals she is pregnant. 28.00[49] 1 January 1986* BBC One
3 Coronation Street Hilda Ogden leaves 26.65[49] 25 December 1987* ITV (Granada)
4 Only Fools and Horses "Time on Our Hands" 24.35[50] 29 December 1996 BBC One
5 EastEnders N/A 24.30[37] 2 January 1992* BBC One
6 Royal Variety Performance 1965 Ft. Dame Shirley Bassey, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore CBE and more. 24.20[36] 14 November 1965 ITV (ATV)
7 EastEnders N/A 24.15[51] 7 January 1988* BBC One
8 To the Manor Born "A Touch of Class" - Series 1 Finale 23.95[38] 11 November 1979 BBC One
9 Miss World 1967 Peru wins. 23.76[36] 19 November 1967 BBC One
10 EastEnders N/A 23.55[52] 26 December 1985* BBC One
11 Panorama Diana, Princess of Wales 22.78[53] 20 November 1995 BBC One
12 Royal Variety Performance 1975 Bruce Forsyth, Dad's Army & Vera Lynn 22.66[38] 16 November 1975 ITV (ATV)
13 This Is Your Life Lord Mountbatten 22.22[38] 27 April 1977 ITV (Thames)
14 Sunday Night at the London Palladium N/A 21.89[36] 3 December 1967 ITV (ATV)
15 The Benny Hill Show N/A 21.67[38] 24 March 1971 ITV (Thames)
16 Dallas "Who Done It" – J.R. Ewing's shooter is revealed 21.60[39] 22 November 1980 BBC One
Coronation Street Ken and Deirdre divorce 21.60[37] 8 January 1992 ITV (Granada)
18 Eurovision Song Contest 1973 Anne-Marie David wins for Luxembourg. 21.56[38] 7 April 1973 BBC One
19 Steptoe and Son "The Lodger" – Albert looks for a Lodger 21.54[36] 18 February 1964 BBC TV
20 The Mike Yarwood Show Mike Yarwood Christmas Show 21.40[38] 25 December 1977 BBC One
Coronation Street Bet Lynch becomes landlady of the Rovers Return Inn. 21.40[52] 2 January 1985 ITV (Granada)

*Denotes aggregated figure with repeat showing.

United States

NBC's live telecast of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 currently holds the record for the largest average viewership of any live single-network U.S. television broadcast, with 114.4 million viewers.[54] During this broadcast, the halftime show featuring Katy Perry was watched by 118.5 million viewers.[54] The previous live telecast Super Bowl XLV in February 2011 helped Fox become the first ever television network in the United States to be watched by at least 100 million American viewers by average for a single primetime night of programming.[55] Moreover,  Super Bowl telecasts account for 23 of the most-watched television broadcasts based on overall viewership in U.S. television history.[56] Fox's live telecast of Super Bowl LI in 2017 currently holds the largest total viewership in U.S. television history, peaking at 172 million viewers in Super Bowl's first ever overtime play.

Additionally, the National Football League (or NFL) regular season is watched since 2012 by at least 200 million individuals in the United States, accounting for the largest consistent annual nationwide viewership for any television event in U.S. television history (representing almost 70% of the American households, more than 80% of the total U.S. television viewers, and more than 60% of the 2018 U.S. population of 325 million individuals).

Most-watched broadcasts

Event Viewership (millions)[57][58] Date Network
Apollo 11 125–150[59][60][61] July 20, 1969 multiple
Operation Desert Storm 118 January 17, 1991 multiple
Super Bowl XLIX 114.4 February 1, 2015 NBC
Super Bowl XLVIII 112.2 February 2, 2014 Fox
Super Bowl 50 111.9 February 7, 2016 CBS
Super Bowl LI 111.3 February 5, 2017 Fox
Super Bowl XLVI 111.3 February 5, 2012 NBC
Super Bowl XLV 111.0 February 6, 2011 Fox
Richard Nixon resignation speech 110[60] August 9, 1974 multiple
Super Bowl XLVII 108.7 February 3, 2013 CBS
Super Bowl XLIV 106.5 February 7, 2010 CBS
M*A*S*H (Finale) 105.9[62] February 28, 1983 CBS
Super Bowl LII 103.4 February 4, 2018 NBC
Roots (Part VIII) 100.0[63] January 30, 1977 ABC
Super Bowl XLIII 98.7 February 1, 2009 NBC
Super Bowl XLII 97.4 February 3, 2008 Fox
Police pursuit of O. J. Simpson 95[64][65] June 17, 1994 multiple
Super Bowl XXX 94.1 January 28, 1996 NBC
Super Bowl XLI 93.2 February 4, 2007 CBS
Super Bowl XX 92.6 January 26, 1986 NBC
Super Bowl XXVII 91.0 January 31, 1993 NBC
Super Bowl XL 90.7 February 5, 2006 ABC
Muhammad Ali vs. Leon Spinks II 90.0[66][67] September 15, 1978 ABC
Super Bowl XXVIII 90.0 January 30, 1994 NBC
Super Bowl XXXII 90.0 January 25, 1998 NBC

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