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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on Aug 24, 2020 3:55:27 PM
Alarm as more people now watch CHANNEL FIVE than BBC1

Channel FIVE has suddenly topped the ratings charts as viewers tire of coronavirus-enforced repeats on BBC and ITV. On Aug 11, Our Yorkshire Farm drew an incredible 2.26 million to C5, topping the 2.22m who watched the Line of Duty repeat on BBC1. On August 18 it scored 2.19m, trouncing BBC1 (1.4m) again. Industry experts say these alarming new figures further call the licence fee into question. (paywall)
(figures from article quoted here)

AdonisBlue - 25 Aug 2020 14:47:03 (#1 of 123)

The BBC is in trouble. It's someone managed to upset both the left and the right. There are comments today in the Daily Mail demanding the end of the license fee because of The Proms. At the same time there are comments in Guardian CIF demanding the same because of Laura K and the BBC's news.

I wonder if the BBC could be another victim of the 2020 reset.

solomongursky - 25 Aug 2020 14:49:23 (#2 of 123)


solomongursky - 25 Aug 2020 14:50:00 (#3 of 123)

Gardeners' World have the highest ratings for a decade. People want feel-good stuff.

TheVoiceOfReason - 25 Aug 2020 15:00:35 (#4 of 123)

Outrage as BBC’s “concerned mums” are actually crazed Far Left fanatics:

browserbutton - 25 Aug 2020 15:02:34 (#5 of 123)

Hahaha. Guido Fawkes versus The Mums.

ReverendBlueJeans - 25 Aug 2020 15:36:52 (#6 of 123)

Channel 5 has improved massively, recently; lots of decent, if undemanding docs about history, scenery, etc. And probably less exploitative braindead junk than the C4 franchise. Which is no great achievement.

TommyDGNR8 - 25 Aug 2020 15:41:34 (#7 of 123)

Our Yorkshire Farm is tremendous brain-in-neutral TV. The perfect come-down after the latest harrowing drama episode of your choice.

Verdigris - 25 Aug 2020 15:45:52 (#8 of 123)

The boss of Ch5 was interviewed on the Media Show, a little while ago, and I was impressed by how he knew his audience and how he provides the right content. I suppose I ought to try watching it, sometime.

uranrising - 25 Aug 2020 18:15:26 (#9 of 123)

Gardeners' World have the highest ratings for a decade. People want feel-good stuff.

Yes. People in the most unlikely places are not keen on challenging stuff.

browserbutton - 25 Aug 2020 18:17:48 (#10 of 123)

People want feel-good stuff.

Those gardeners have a good sense of humus, which I dig.

FGBFGB - 25 Aug 2020 18:19:45 (#11 of 123)

Hoe hoe hoe!

LordofMisrule - 25 Aug 2020 18:24:06 (#12 of 123)

#9 There’s little danger of them encountering that on BBC1 either

uranrising - 26 Aug 2020 11:14:02 (#13 of 123)

Least of all on Beeb 1. There are unlikelier places than that.

FrankieTeardrop - 26 Aug 2020 11:16:45 (#14 of 123)

I expect that Gardeners World is popular right now also because people are doing a lot more gardening right now

ReverendBlueJeans - 26 Aug 2020 11:20:44 (#15 of 123)

Beechgrove is better, but.

I noticed another trailer for C4's Lodgers for Codgers this morn. C4 are the new C5.

ChankNolen - 26 Aug 2020 16:23:36 (#16 of 123)

I find it genuinely inexplicable that Channel 4 has been allowed to dumb down to the extent that it has, given that it is publicly-owned and is in theory the public service broadcasting counterweight to the BBC.

TheExcession - 27 Aug 2020 08:56:34 (#17 of 123)

Agreed. I used to watch a lot of Channel 4 back in the 90's and early 00's where it was the go-to channel for the better US imports (Friends, Frasier, The Sopranos etc) decent home grown comedy (Peep Show, Spaced, IT Crowd, Father Ted - alright it's Irish but...) and the documentaries used to be decent.

I honestly can't remember the last time I watched anything on it other than the back catalogue stuff they have on All 4. It seems now to be almost wall to wall reality TV bollocks.

OldLefty - 27 Aug 2020 09:02:26 (#18 of 123)

And C4 are only available in SD on Freesat, after their flounce.

moto748 - 27 Aug 2020 20:50:57 (#19 of 123)


All that is true, but there is so little on any channel these days. I just looked through my "regular recordings" list. It is empty, apart from sport, and there's not as much of that as it looks, cos a lot of it is repeats of the same programme, +1 channels, etc. In the past there would have been at least three or four regular drama or comedy offerings.

Verdigris - 27 Aug 2020 20:54:08 (#20 of 123)

I honestly can't remember the last time I watched anything on it other than the back catalogue stuff they have on All 4.

Raised by Wolves and The Windsors are the only things I've watched in living memory/quite a while.

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