For the World Record: Most Watched Television Events Worldwide

When we shared the list of the most watched television programs here in the United States, it seemed only natural to find out what were the most watched television programs/events of all time … in the entire world … which events were most watched by the world, viewing the same event … at the same time.

When we consider the largest worldwide viewing audience was for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, with 2 Billion people watching … the 114.4 million who watched the Super Bowl in this country seems … well … rather small … By the way, it is estimated that over 4 Billion people, around the world, watched at least a part of the 2008 Olympics …

Here’s the list, from “www.worldlistmania.com”:
1. 2008 Olympics opening Ceremony
Number of Viewers: 2 billion
Location: Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
Year: 2008

2. Rescue of Chilean Miners
Numbers of Viewers: 1 billion
Location: Atacama Desert near Copiapo, Chile
Year: 2010

3. 2006 FIFA World Cup Final
Numbers of Viewers: 715 million
Location: Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
Year: 2006

4. First Human Walk on surface of the Moon
Numbers of Viewers: 530 million
Location: Landing on Moon
Year: 1969

5. Funeral of Michael Jackson
Numbers of Viewers: Around 500 million
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Year: 2009

6. Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii
Numbers of Viewers: 400 – 500 million
Location: Honolulu International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Year: 1973

7. 2011 Cricket World Cup Semi Final (India vs Pakistan)
Numbers of Viewers: 400 million
Location: Mohali, Punjab, India
Year: 2011

8. Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Numbers of Viewers: 350-400 million
Location: Westminster Abbey, London, England
Year: 2011

9. John F. Kennedy Funeral
Numbers of Viewers: 180 million
Location: Washington, D.C, USA
Year: 1963

10. Spring Festival Gala
Numbers of Viewers: 135 million
Location: China
Year: 2007

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