About 6 million TV viewers watched the Michael Jackson Memorial over the five channels that carried the event in the United Kingdom last night, the British press is reporting this morning. On average about 6.3 million viewers tuned in.
One of those channels, News Corp.’s Sky News, at its peak drew 1.15 million viewers, which was Sky’s highest rating since the first day of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
The ratings paled next to the 11 million TV viewers in the U.K. who tuned into the six channels that aired tribute shows to Jackson on June 26.
In the U.S., 31.1 million was the average number of viewers who tuned into the Memorial. Broadcast numbers aren’t out yet, but click here for the specific U.S. cable TV viewing numbers for the memorial. After of the viewers in the U.S. watched the Memorial on cable outlets.