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America Totally Wishes It Had Royalty
Hold up — even though we bucked the monarchy centuries ago, the U.S. came down with a serious case of royal fever in 2011. Around 23 million Americans tuned in to the wedding, putting us right behind the Brits. And 14 TV channels broadcast the nuptials, which were perfectly timed with the early morning news, when female viewership is the highest. The Today Show even ran a "countdown to the kiss" clock.
As NPR's Eric Deggans observed, "[Americans] have a 200-plus-year tradition of resisting monarchies and the sense of inborn entitlement they represent. Yet, we secretly dream of royal-level luxury and prestige, happy to watch it on display in a country where we're not footing the bill."
YouTube Let The World Watch
The Monarchy decided to livestream the entire event via The Royal Channel on YouTube, so that anyone in the world with internet access could watch the affair. Wise move, Crown. According to Google (which owns YouTube), there were 72 million livestreams in 188 countries. Additional streaming later in the day brought the total to a staggering 100 million. Apparently, at the of moment the 10-second Royal kiss, traffic surged by 100,000 streams.