The BBC has announced that its coverage of Glastonbury 2019 has broken previous records, with the BBC One programme – featuring Kylie Minogue’s grandstanding performance – achieving the biggest audience ever for a Glastonbury programme on TV with an average consolidated audience of 3.2 million.
The previous record was set by the programme featuring Ed Sheeran on BBC Two in 2017, which achieved an average audience of 3.1 million.
According to an official press release, the 2019 coverage also saw a record digital performance for the BBC, with the total number of online requests, including YouTube views and live webcasts, totalling 37.5 million – an increase of 86% on the BBC’s coverage in 2017. On Twitter, footage of Dave inviting Alex Mann from the audience to join him on stage saw 23m global views.
For 2019’s Glastobury extravaganza, BBC Music presented the best of the festival across TV, radio, BBC Sounds, BBC iPlayer and online. Over 100 performances from across the main stages at Glastonbury were available on BBC iPlayer.
Speaking about the results, James Stirling, head of BBC Music and BBC Music Introducing said: “This year we wanted audiences to be able to watch and listen to the best of Glastonbury wherever and whenever they wanted via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds. I’m delighted that once again the BBC’s extensive coverage of Glastonbury has been so well received - with our digital content hitting record numbers and BBC One bringing Kylie’s performance to the biggest audience a Glastonbury programme has seen to date.”
The BBC Two programmes featuring Stormzy’s set on Friday and The Killers on Saturday both achieved an average audience of 1.1m and 1.6m respectively. Both figures were well above their slot average, according to the BBC.
The Killers performance achieved the highest average audience for a Glastonbury programme on BBC Two this year, with The Cure’s set on BBC Two coming in second with an average audience of 1.2 million – nearly twice the slot average.
On BBC Four, the programme featuring performances from Billie Eilish and The Good, The Bad & The Queen pulled in the largest audience for the channel at 460,000.
All TV figures above are consolidated and all online figures are based on the 30 day window, from the point of upload.