Some 17 million attend Trista and Ryan's wedding |


Some 17 million attend Trista and Ryan's wedding

Some 17 million attend Trista and Ryan's wedding. The special was Wednesday's top show, and ABC's second highest-rated show of the season

Ryan Sutter, Trista Rehn

(Trista & Ryan: Bob D'Amico/ABC)

Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter’s wedding, televised Wednesday, was an intimate little affair, with just 17.1 million of the ‘ “Bachelorette” couple’s closest friends in attendance. That viewership figure, according to Nielsen, was enough to give ABC a win on Wednesday; it was also one of the most-watched shows on the network all season, second only to the recent ”Bachelor” finale.

Still, ”Trista and Ryan’s Wedding,” whose ceremony cost ABC a reported $4 million to stage (not counting the $1 million paid to the bridal couple), wasn’t even the most watched reality-matchmaking show of the week – that honor will go to NBC’s ”Average Joe” finale, which drew 17.4 million viewers on Monday. On the other hand, ABC says, it drew the biggest U.S. audience for a TV wedding since the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981. No word on who spent more, the British royals or ABC.