More than 17m viewers watch Murray win Wimbledon crown

Britain's Wimbledon winner's match the most watched for more than a quarter of a century - and he gets quite a prominent Twitter profile as well

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Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph on Sunday afternoon was watched by a peak audience of more than 17 million viewers on BBC1.

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The Scot’s straight-sets win over Novak Djokovic hauled in an averaged 12.1 million viewers across the entirety of BBC1’s coverage between 1.45pm and 6pm, a 72.8% share of the audience.

BBC1’s Wimbledon coverage had a five-minute peak of 17.3 million viewers around 5.30pm, just as Murray won championship point in the final nerve jangling game of the match.

This viewing haul easily beat the 11.4 million average and 16.9 million peak for last year’s Wimbledon final, in which Murray lost to Roger Federer.

Murray’s win is thought to have been the biggest audience for a Wimbledon men’s final for more than quarter of a century.

With over 1.1 million mentions, the 26-year-old British number one has also taken the title of the most talked about player on Twitter.

When it comes to the Twittersphere, Novak Djokovic, Murrays’ fellow competitor in yesterday’s final, has found himself losing to Murray again, with just 860,000 mentions (though we are sure this loss isn’t at the forefront of his mind.)

It wasn’t just any old mentions Murray was getting either. When taking to Twitter to discuss our Wimbledon hopefuls, it seems the British public were set on sharing 140 characters of positivity.

IBM found that 93.3% of Murray-related tweets were supportive of the tennis champ while fellow Brit Laura Robson came out on top with 94.7% positive tweets.

This year’s tennis championship saw more Twitter action with ever before. Overall more than 5.3 million Wimbledon related tweets were posted during the fortnight – more than double the number of social media outbursts from last year – and over 400 tweets a second were posted during the final moments of the yesterday’s match.

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