The performance, which is the last performance of the 76-year-old legend in England, peaked with 7.6 million spectators overnight and reached an average of 7.3 million spectators with a 48.9% share. It has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
Overall, 200,000 festival goers attended concerts on different stages at Worthy Farm. At the BBC, 21.6 million people watched a record – 7% more on linear TV than last year – and over 40 hours of linear programming were presented to viewers.
Friday’s headline, Arctic Monkeys, saw a record performance for a peak audience of 2.6 million and an average Friday night headline set of 1.5 million. Saturday’s lead actor, Guns N’ Roses, had an audience of 2.1 million on BBC Two, with an average viewership of 1 million. Lewis Capaldi and Lizzo’s respective Pyramid Stage performances on Saturday brought a BBC One viewer peak of 2.4 million and an average viewership of 2.3 million.
Legends, played by Yusuf/Cat Stevens on Sunday, reached the biggest BBC Two audience of this year, with 3 million and an average of 2.3 million viewers in one night. The BBC One show starring Rick Astley and Blondie had a peak audience of 2.5 million and an average of 2.1 million.
BBC music director Lorna Clarke said: “What an incredible way to wrap up this year’s Glastonbury festival. Elton John’s set will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most epic performances to light up the Pyramid Stage, with a record 7.6 million viewers on BBC One. I am very happy that the BBC and our amazing teams were able to achieve this. Share every bit of Worthy Farm’s magic with audiences at home over the weekend.”