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Millions watch Jackson memorial

Michael Jackson's family
Michael Jackson's family took to the stage during the memorial

A peak audience of 5.2m people tuned into Michael Jackson's Los Angeles memorial concert on BBC Two, overnight figures have revealed.

The second part on Tuesday evening's event was watched by an average of 4.5m on the channel.

More than one million people watched live coverage of the event on Five, while Sky News won a similar audience.

It was the broadcaster's biggest viewing figures since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003.

In the UK, coverage of the memorial service was also carried on the BBC News channel and Sky Arts.

BBC Two cleared its regular schedule to broadcast the event, dropping regular programmes including quiz show Eggheads.

Five also changed its usual programming to make way for the live broadcast from the US.

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