Boris Johnson’s Coronavirus Address To The UK Watched By 28 Million

Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s sober national address on coronavirus is set to become one of the most-watched moments in UK television history.

Johnson’s message to the country, in which he introduced a three-week lockdown to help stymie the spread of COVID-19, was broadcast at 8.30 PM across BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC News and Sky News.

In the 15-minute slot in which he was talking, nearly 28 million people were watching, according to live BARB ratings figures supplied by

The staggering figure puts it ahead of many famous broadcasts in Britain, including the Opening and Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, which were watched by 24.4 million and 24.6 million, respectively.

In fact, it may only be second to Princess Diana’s funeral, which was broadcast to an audience of 31 million in 1997.

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