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London Olympics closing ceremony ‘most watched’ TV show in three decades in UK

London, Oct 26(ANI): London Games’ closing ceremony was the most watched television programme in past three decades, according to new figures revealed.

A total of 24.46 million people tuned in to see the finale of the Games on August 12, making it the most popular programme since 1981.

Together with the opening ceremony of the Games, they are the only programmes from the current century to make the top 10 lists of the most watched programmes in the past 31 years.

The glittering ceremony featured performances from Madness, Take That and The Spice Girls as well as athletes from 204 countries who had taken part in the London Olympics, the Daily Mail reports.

The TV audience for the Games’ closing ceremony was more than that for Princess Diana’s Panorama Special in 1995, Torvill and Dean’s Olympic Ice Dance Championship in 1994 and the Only Fools and Horses episode ‘Time on Our Hands’ that aired in 1996 on BBC1.

It also beat the 24.24million that tuned into the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony on July 27.

The two Olympics ceremonies are the only programmes from the 21st century to feature in the top 10 list.

More than twice the number of people who watched the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona (11 million) watched the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

The audience was 28 times the 859,000 people who watched the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta USA. (ANI)