World's Most Watched Television Broadcasts

There's hardly any room for doubt whether television has transformed the world forever. When it comes to watching your favorite player strike his golden kick or the royal wedding through a live broadcast, well, you're not alone! How sure are you that you're part of history by watching a live broadcast along with millions and millions of people across the globe? That's the ultimate power of television! If you've ever watched one of these broadcasts, then you're already part of history!

The Royal Wedding in 1981

Royal weddings have become a popular celebration now. Though we have a few royal weddings to get through here, it might sound surprising that there's a wedding that was the most viewed in history—the grand wedding of Charles and Diana, 1981.

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Millions of people lined the streets of London to wish the newly married royals. But the honor of creating history goes to an estimated 750 million audience who were in front of their TV catching up with the live event!

Diana's Fateful Last Journey

August 31. 1997, marked a very sad day in the history of our world and for about 2.5 billion people who mourned over the live broadcast of Diana's last journey.

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Diana was killed in a car crash and while her demise shook the world, the whole fateful event was being filmed and broadcast on live television. But years later, the wedding bells chimed through the royal kingdom again.

The Royal Wedding in 2011

Kate Middleton and Prince William's royal wedding in 2011 made headlines for all good reasons. The second heir to the royal throne of the United Kingdom met Middleton back in 2001. And almost a decade later, the royals signed their names that marked one of the most memorable and grand weddings of all time.

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But for the estimated 72 million global audiences that sat glued to their seats in front of YouTube and other live broadcasts, it was just another chapter in history that marked their hearts!

The Fairytale Wedding in Windsor

According to CNN, approximately 29 million people were part of the live audience who made history by watching the second royal wedding of the decade. Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle's royal wedding in May 2018 garnered huge attraction across the globe.

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Being one of the most expected royal weddings in the United Kingdom, the event was eventually taken to the live screening where millions of people enjoyed the two royals begin their life together.

The Historic Step

You would have probably not missed on this one! The crewed lunar landing in 1959 marked man's first step on the moon. And Neil Armstrong was the first man to step onto the Moon's cratered surface!

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History was created by a single man in outer space along with an estimated 530 million people on earth who heard Armstrong's voice through a live broadcast. 

Rumble in the Jungle, 1974

This boxing feat is still remembered as one of the greatest iconic events of sports. Getting into the boxing ring isn't an easy joke and this match is still considered to be a legendary event in history.

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The final shout was cheered out loud for Muhammad Ali who knocked George Foreman in the eighth round, eventually bagging back his title. But the one billion viewers who watched the live broadcast created history for themselves almost four decades back!

Elvis Presley's Stellar Hour

Do you love music? Then, you might remember Elvis Presley. American singing legend Elvis Presley made entertainment and television history with his Aloha from Hawaii-Via Satellite live broadcast in 1973.

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The American singing sensation's live concert was broadcast in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe where approximately 1 billion people caught hold of the live event. This marked the legacy of one of the most-watched live music events in history!

India's Take on Pakistan

A one-day match between India and Pakistan in 2011 en route to the world champions’ semi-final saw India beat the latter by 29 runs and change the history of this sport for both teams.

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India's victorious feat was viewed by an estimated 4 billion people not only from both the competing nations but from all over the world! That's a historical legacy for viewers who love cricket! 

The Most Daring Rescue Mission Ever

August 2010 witnessed the century's most challenging rescue mission ever. A team of 33 miners was trapped approximately 2,500 feet underground after a cave subsided in the San José copper-gold mine, Chile.

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After about 69 days underground, all the 33 miners were saved. The historical rescue mission was viewed by more than 1 billion people across the globe, cementing the event as one of the most remarkable broadcasts of the 21st century.

The New Year's Event that Made History

Have you ever been to Sydney? Or perhaps, you could catch up with their fireworks displays that ultimately light up the night sky with sparkling embers! Every year, millions of people watch the live broadcast of the event but the 2011/2012 New Year celebrations marked a new chapter in history.

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It is estimated that over 1.1 billion people from all over the world watched the live event and enjoyed the massive display of fireworks, eventually becoming a part of the celebration's historical feat!

Boris Johnson's COVID-19 Address

With the COVID-19 massacre keeping the world locked inside the walls, there's something else that has bagged some serious attention! Almost all the leading dailies and news broadcasts made headlines with the British PM's lockdown announcement.

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It is estimated that more than 27 million viewers, the majority of them being the Britons, tuned in to their television sets to watch Boris Johnson announce the lockdown of the nation.

Super Bowl XLI

The Championship game that took place on February 4, 2007, saw The Indianapolis Colts beat The Chicago Bears by 29-17. As viewers sat glued to their seats with their eyes fixed on their television sets, they were unaware of creating history by watching the match on-screen! 

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An estimated 93 million viewers watched the finals and scream from their houses to support their team. The broadcast eventually rose up to fame for garnering such a huge number of a live audience!

2018 World Cup Final

The World Cup Final that took place in 2018 wasn't just about France vs. Croatia! It was about 1 billion viewers who had their eyes fixed on their TV sets at home. The massive audience that tuned in to watch Croatia try to beat France attracted huge expectations from all over the world. 

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France ruled the day in the final by drifting its team to a 4-2 victory. But the laurel of the sport is bestowed upon the viewers who made history by watching the live broadcast.

The King of Pop's Memorial Service

Resting in peace after having garnered massive love and fanbase from the world isn't an easy joke. The legendary King of Pop's last journey had an estimated two billion people tune in to watch the memorial service of Michael Jackson.

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Though the service took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, MJ's fans from all over the world were in front of their TV during the live broadcast, only to mourn the loss of their evergreen pop star. 

2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2008 Olympics that opened to a lavish ceremony in Beijing on August 8, 2008, was not a coincidence for the "8/8/8"! China holds a big deal for the digit. But that's not the ultimate beginning of a new history for the Olympics.

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It was the 3 billion viewers who took to their television sets to witness the grand event unfold in front of their eyes. With dazzling fireworks and flawless performances, the 2008 Beijing Olympics is also known for making history with the huge number of live viewers! 

That was a bit into the famous live TV broadcasts that made history with its large number of viewers! Next time you hear about anything trending or interesting, never miss a chance to watch it. Who knows, you might get a chance to be a part of the biggest live broadcast that garnered the biggest audience ever!     

Sources: LISTNBEST, TVovermind, Independent, The Daily Telegraph, BBCThe Telegraph, CNN, The Guardian

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