London Olympics, Queens' Diamond Jubilee 'most-watched TV programmes of the year' in UK
The 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are one of the 'most-watched TV programmes of the year' in the UK, a new survey has said.
According to the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board, The London Games, Euro 2012, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee were among the most popular programmes, eclipsing traditional audience winners such as The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.
The survey found that the Olympics Closing Ceremony in August was the most-watched programme of the year, attracting an average audience of 24.5 million, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the paper, the only shows to have get close to these figures are the 1996 Only Fools and Horses Christmas special, which had an audience of 24.4 million, and Danny Boyle's Olympic Opening Ceremony with 24.2 million viewers.
The top five rating shows of this year are all sport-related, including England's humiliating loss on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter final, and Usain Bolt's remarkable 100m final victory, the survey said
Coverage of the Diamond Jubilee was in sixth place with 15.3 million viewers, while the final of Britain's Got Talent, which had 13.1 million viewers, was the only 'normal' show to feature in the top ten, it added.
Super Saturday - the night which saw Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford - all secure gold medals for Britain - was also in the top 20 highlights, with an audience of 12.3 million watching, the paper said.