Nadal's epic Wimbledon win peaks at 13.1m- 7 Jul 2008 03:00:00
This year’s epic Wimbledon men’s tennis final, which saw Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer over five sets, peaked at 13.1m viewers according to host broadcaster the BBC.
BBC1's tennis coverage attracted an average audience of 8.6m and a 39% share between 1.30pm and 9.30pm. The action peaked at 13.1m viewers for the 15 minutes from 9pm with a 47.6% share of audience.
The match, which lasted four hours and 48 minutes and included several breaks for rain, was the longest men’s final in history and played havoc with BBC1's schedule, with most of its evening programming shunted onto BBC2 to make way for the tennis.
Last year, the men's final between Federer and Nadal, another five-set epic that saw Federer triumph, peaked at 7.3m viewers for the 15 minutes from 5.45pm.
Elsewhere during the weekend, Lewis Hamilton's victory in the British F1 Grand Prix also did well for ITV1, peaking at 6m viewers for the 15 minutes from 2.30pm.
Full coverage between midday and 3.20pm attracted 4.4m viewers and a 36% share.
Last year's British Grand Prix, which was won by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, peaked at 5.1m viewers for the 15 minutes from 1pm.