Royal wedding draws 5.2M Canucks
Britainís Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, following following their wedding at Westminster Abbey in London April 29, 2011. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool
The early hour didn't stop Canadians from tuning in to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot.
An average of 5.2 million bleary-eyed viewers flicked on their TVs for the royal nuptials, according to figures released Saturday by ratings provider BBM Canada.
"That's a pretty huge number considering the time it was on," said BBM spokesman Tom Jenks.
But sports fans and movie lovers take the cake when it comes to through-the-roof ratings.
This year's Superbowl drew an audience of 6.5 million, while the Academy Awards attracted 6.1 million viewers.
The largest TV draw ever was for the Vancouver Olympics gold-medal hockey game last year at a whopping 16.6 million viewers.
About 379,000 British Columbia residents tuned in to the royal wedding, despite its 3 a.m. Friday airtime, while more than 2.8 million people in Ontario watched the 6 a.m. eastern time zone event. The Prairies accounted for 609,000 viewers, Atlantic provinces at 531,000 and Quebec at 887,000.
About 12.5 million Canucks, or nearly 38% of the population, watched some portion of the royal ceremony and procession.
It's estimated two billion people worldwide viewed the vows held at Westminster Abbey.