British tennis player Andy Murray poses with the 2013 Wimbledon trophy at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 8, 2013. More than a quarter of the British population tuned in to watch Andy Murray become Britain's first men's Wimbledon champion since 1936, BBC figures released Monday showed.AFP
LONDON (AFP) – More than a quarter of the British population tuned in to watch Andy Murray become Britain's first men's Wimbledon champion since 1936, BBC figures released Monday showed.
The British Broadcasting Corporation said Sunday's final attracted a five-minute peak of 17.3 million viewers.
The March 2011 census put the United Kingdom population at 63,182,200, meaning more than 27 percent tuned in to watch Murray's match against Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic.
Murray's triumph drew the highest domestic television audience for a Wimbledon final since at least 1990.
Murray beat Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on Centre Court to become the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's singles since Fred Perry 77 years ago.
The viewing figures were up from last year's final, when 16.9 million watched Murray lose to Swiss great Roger Federer, the first time a British man had reached the final since Bunny Austin in 1938.