Over One Billion Global Viewers Watch Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

July 24, 2014

More than one billion people worldwide tuned in to see the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony last night in Celtic Park.

An estimated one billion people across the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories tuned into the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games last night.

For the BBC, try a peak audience of more than 9 million viewers watched the opening to the Games in Glasgow on BBC1.

The spectacle had an average of 7.6 million viewers (41.1%) between 8pm and 11.40pm on Wednesday with a five-minute high of 9.4 million at 9.30pm. 

It topped the peak of 8.9 million viewers who tuned into the opening ceremony the last time the games were held in the UK, in Manchester in 2002, but could not match its average audience of 8.2 million. 

The Glasgow opener, did however, beat the last two Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi in 2010, when the opening ceremony was watched by an average of 3 million viewers and a peak of 3.8 million, and Melbourne in 2006, which had an average of 1.3 million and peak of 2.2 million.

{jcomments on}