Getting millions or even billions of people around the world to do the same thing at the same time is no small feat. Every once in a while, though, a special event occurs that demands a large percentage of the world's population to pay attention. The most-watched TV events in history, such as the final commemoration of President John F. Kennedy, drew staggering numbers of diverse viewers.
Popular television programs can gauge what's interesting on a global level. Though it's difficult to compile perfectly accurate statistics on TV viewership, these events attracted hundreds of millions of people to their televisions.