When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exchanged vows in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this past Saturday, May 19, they had a whole lot of eyes watching their every move.
And not just the 600 gathered guests either (among them, Oprah Winfrey, the Beckhams, George and Amal Clooney and two of Harry’s exes). According to Nielsen, an estimated 29.2 million from the U.S. people hovered over a coffee and tuned in during the early hours of Saturday morning to watch Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, wed in the latest big royal fanfare.
Networks ranging from ABC to BBC America to CBS, CNN, E!, Fox News, HLN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, TLC and Univision all trained their cameras on the royal wedding, with NBC coming in as the most-watched network, with a viewership of 6.4 million. ABC had 6.3 million, and CBS had 4.8 million.
The wedding itself was also the biggest television event in the U.K. this year, but the collective number was even less than the U.S. viewership despite the time difference. According to the Guardian, about 18 million people across the pond tuned in to watch the nuptials.
By comparison, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s lavish wedding back in 2011 garnered an estimated 22.8 million viewers in the U.S.