Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert most-watched TV programme in Britain this year
The One Love Manchester concert has officially become the most-watched programme this year on British television.
The official figures were published today (Monday June 5) and it was revealed the live coverage of the concert on BBC One received 10.9 million views, beating the previous record for the year, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, which had 9.4 million viewers on May 6.
The night was not just a success in terms of viewing figures, as over £2 million was raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
The three-hour concert organised by Ariana Grande took place last night and paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack that stole the lives of 22 people in May.
As the performances aired, hundreds of thousands of viewers donated to the cause via text message or online donations. An impressive £2 million was raised between 7pm to 10pm, lifting the fund’s total to over £10 million.
Many big-name performers took to the stage for the event organised by US singer Ariana, including Justin Bieber, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Little Mix, Liam Gallagher, Niall Horan, Imogen Heap and Ariana’s boyfriend Mac Miller.
Ariana’s fundraising continues on after the concert as she has also re-released her song “One Last Time” as a charity single, all proceeds of which will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. In a heartbreaking moment, Ariana broke down in tears as she sang the emotional tune towards the show’s close last night.
One Love Manchester executive producer and manager of Ariana, Scooter Braun, said during the concert: “Manchester, your bravery is our hope. Because of you, we can now represent through this as a worldwide community, that we will be ready, we will be fearless and we will be great.”
One Love Manchester is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.