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Kylie Slayed Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury

By Gary Cutlack on at

Glastonbury won its highest-ever viewing numbers on the BBC this year, and it wasn't due to some fashionable band that's popular with the young people or that new drill music that's always in the newspapers; it was because of good, old fashioned Kylie Minogue.

The Sunday night BBC One highlights reel that included Kylie's non-stop erotic cabaret earned what TV insiders refer to as an "average consolidated audience" of 3.2m million, beating the previous TV record held by one E. Sheeran of Suffolk, who played his hits – that one about the shape of someone's body -- to 3.1 million people back in 2017.

Obviously it was also a best-ever year for digital viewership of the festival, as we're on a one-way train for ever as far as that's concerned. The broadcaster logged 37.5m online view requests through iPlayer and – cheating a bit – on YouTube, a vast 86 per cent increase over online viewing numbers from the 2017 festival. Jo Wiley's going to be back in that field for some years yet. [BBC]