The Andy Murray-Novak Djokovic Wimbledon final on Sunday attracted the biggest audience for a men's final since at least 1990. At its peak, the viewership was a record 17.3 million. According to figures released in the British media, the viewership was the biggest since modern ratings records began more than 20 years ago.
Murray's straight-sets win saw an average 12.1 million viewers across the entirety of BBC1's coverage on Sunday, a 72.8 per cent share of the audience. BBC1's coverage had a five-minute peak of 17.29 million viewers. This is a whisker below the 17.3 million who watched Bjorn Borg's epic five-set win over John McEnroe in the 1980 final.
It was the biggest peak audience of any television programme so far this year, and eclipsed the 11.4 million average and 16.9 million peak for last year's Wimbledon final, in which Murray lost to Roger Federer, says The Guardian.
This year's final was also the biggest audience of any Wimbledon final since at least 1990, the earliest that accurate audience statistics are available. It beat the previous most watched programme of this year, the semifinal between Murray and Poland's Jerzy Janowicz. Murray's four-set semis win on Friday peaked with 13.2 million viewers, averaging 9.7 million, a 47.1% share.
The audience for the Wimbledon final is comparable to the ratings achieved by the BBC last year during the London Olympics. Sunday's final was beaten among the Olympics sporting events (excluding the opening and closing ceremony) only by Usain Bolt's 100 metres win, watched by 20 million viewers, the paper reported on Monday.