For people from around the world, there are some ‘where were you?’ moments that take place. From the assassination of a political leader to the beginning of a major conflict, we can all think of moments in our lives that we cannot ever forget. However, some events are simply best captured by noticing how many people around the world watched and paid attention.
Here, then, are three key events that were massive hits with TV audiences around the world. What are some of the most-viewed events on TV?
The 1996 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Opening ceremonies tend to get people watching from all over the world, and the US-held 1996 equivalent, held in Atlanta, was a major moment for people watching at home. This saw Muhammad Ali shine at his absolute brightest despite his age and his condition at the time. He was given the honor of lighting the Olympic torch, which went down as one of the most symbolic moments of what was arguably one of the most successful Olympic events ever held.
Watched by as many as 1.9 billion people, Live Aid was a seminal moment in the movement to use music as a tool. Nearly two billion watched the likes of Freddie Mercury, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones put on a world-class show for a global audience.
With over 150 countries taking in Live Aid, this was the first event of its kind to capture this kind of prominence. No matter where you are from or what you see going on in the world, it is only natural to want to fight back against famine and inequality whether it is in Ethiopia or anywhere else in the world.
The ‘Royal’ wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
Love or loathe the concept of royalty, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can feel almost impossible to ignore. The event took place in May 2018, and some 1.9 billion people around the world tuned in to watch the event live. The couple was watched tie the knot by something in the region of one in four people around the world. In America alone, some 29 million people watched the two tie the knot.