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Hollyoaks Soap Ratings (Week Ending Aug 23)

The numbers for Hollyoaks (overnights) for the week ending August 23st


Monday (6:30pm) : 1.27 million

Wednesday (6.30pm): 1.25 million

Friday (6.30pm): 1.36 million


August 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

Soap Rating for Week Ending Aug 16

Here are the soap ratings for the week ending Aug 16 (final numbers not overnights).


Coronation Street (7:30pm) : 9.26 million (ITV1)

Coronation Street (8:30pm): 9.00 million (ITV1)

Eastenders (8:00pm) : 8.27 million (BBC1)

Emmerdale (7:00pm): 6.88 million (ITV1)


Eastenders (7:30pm): 7.42 (BBC1)

Emmerdale (7:00pm): 6.01 million (ITV1)


Emmerdale (6:30pm): 5.62 million (ITV1)


Coronation Street (8:30pm): 8.30 million (ITV1)

Eastenders (7:30pm) : 7.29 million (BBC1)

Emmerdale (8:00pm): 7.04 million (ITV1)

Emmerdale (7:00pm): 6.07 million (ITV1)


Coronation Street (8:30pm): 8.55 million (ITV1)

Coronation Street (7:30pm):8.50 million (ITV1)

Eastenders (8:00pm): 7.50 million (BBC1)

Emmerdale (7:00pm): 6.40 million (ITV1)

August 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Updated: Channel 4 Executive Andy Duncan To Depart


UPDATED: Channel 4 Executive Andy Duncan is to step down from his job at Channel 4 before the end of the year, which will leave the broadcaster leaderless. This only asks the question who will be next to lead Chanel 4 into a ‘new era’.

Via – The

‘Channel 4 is understood to have begun the process of easing out Andy Duncan, its chief executive of five years.

No agreement is believed to have been reached about the precise detail and timing of Duncan’s departure, but it is thought he is likely to leave before the end of the year.’

What could this mean for Channel 4’s future, it seems the channel is moving away from its past with the possible departure of Any Duncan and the cancellation of flagship show ‘Big Brother’. This to some is the movement of Channel 4 towards more intellectual, thought provoking programming. Could this endanger other channel 4 shows, with a possible new chairman to Channel4?

August 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

Will You Watch HEROES This Autumn?

heroesAfter a not-so great season three which had great episodes and some which we’d rather forget, what do you think the latest season has made you think about Heroes? Will you return for the fourth? The show didn’t seem to be as hurt by the drop in quality in the UK as it was in the US (the drop in veiwership during Volume 4 I’d attribute to a timeslot and day change – with no warning). But lets face it, Heroes season four does have the potential to be an amazing season (at least from the trailer). The new actors (good ones) and mythogical storylines seem to have a great reminsence of season one. Along with the fact our Heroes will be dealing with more than ‘villains’. I will be watching the premiere (but thats also because I’m a huge HEROES Fan- and one I’m a fan theirs no going back). Sadly as is BBC fashion it won’t announce the premiere date of Heroes until two or three weeks before, so I’ll post that up soon.

August 29, 2009 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Home Made Shows: Latest Seasonal Averages

As asked for, here are the ratings for a few cult shows that have aired recently or in 2008 (i.e Doctor Who):

The No1 Ladies Detective Agency (BBC1) : 3.94   (million)

Sadly for The No1 Ladies Dectective Agency the show in my opinion was a bit of a ratings flop, the penulatmate episode braught in 2.96 million veiwers which for a BCC1 scripted show is a slap in the face. However in my opinion the show was renewed for two simple reasons:

1) The show was cheaper by the fact that it was made in Botswanna and the fact that HBO also co-paid for the show.

2) The BBC needs to show that it is committed to producing a wide arrange of shows that are not just commercially successful but help the smaller demand for shows that a small amount of people demand (as they should get to keep their show). – This is a bit like the BBC keeping a show because in a way its funded by the few that watch it.

Being Human (BBC3) : 0.93 (million)

Being Human is (apart from Family Guy or pre airings of Heroes) proberly the highest rated show on  BBC3, so it was no surprise that the show was renewed,  however as I’m sure BBC3 will be looking for shows that grow Being Human may need to push past the 1million bar in 2010 to remain part of the channel’s family.

Skins (E4) : 1.15 (million)

Skins is tricky as this season was broadcast on E4 not Channel 4 which means that the ratings will definetly go down, however the veiwership stayed just below the second series which means that the new third series (considering its moved to a much smaller channel with a smaller audience) did very well for the channel. Moreover I’d see Skins as the signature almost show for E4 generally because it has allowed shows like ‘The Inbetweeners’ to become hits and E4 to commission new shows like ‘Misfits’.

Surivivors (BBC1) : 5.84 (million)

Personally I found that this felt like it was under-watched, the show was very good; the realism was superbly with all the shots of empty streets and CGI used over London was also well done. I just hope they keep it all in the second series. Considering the show aired near christmas where shows shouldn’t I guess it did okay but the show wasn’t exactly a massive hit, it finaled to 5.62 million veiwers (less than the average); so I do think if the show wants to surivive it will need to pull a new cadre of veiwers to be worth its big budget.

Merlin (BBC1) : 6.32 (million)

This must be one of the BBC’s favourites, although its not Doctor Who it did beat the latest series of Robin Hood massively and also got money by being braught by an american network (NBC). So I’m sure all of these including strong ratings (and reviews that said the show despite being bad did get better was it got going) all factored in to the shows renewal. I just wonder how the show will do with its second season premiere coming soon.

Doctor Who (2008) (BBC1) : 8.05 (million)

looking at Doctor Who ratings are indeed quite fun, generally because each series the show just gets bigger. I think the BBC must love the fact that Doctor Who merchandise are massive sellers, that critics love the show and that overall against all other scirpted saturday shows its a massive hit.

The Inbetweeners (E4) : 1.53 (million)

Not much to say about the inbetweeners but that it seems to have hit high with young adults, something I’m sure E4 is very happy about. The show seems to have gained around 800,000 veiwers from its previous season which is a massive feat. The show looks like its E4 biggest programme by far. Its just a hit for the channel and I’m sure thanks to clips on youtube and repeats the show could bring in 2million in 2010 for its season three premiere.

August 29, 2009 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

Will Harper’s Island lure in veiwers for BBC3?

harpers-island-00Harper’s Island comes to BBC3 soon, as a show that was cancelled (or ‘was’ never supposed to be longer than its 13 episodes- yeah right) in the US (by CBS), will it transfer well over in the UK. Its described as a horror/suspence/’whodunnit’ show, I’m guessing with action like in LOST or HEROES (well the first season anyway) it should do okay with young veiwers (someone BBC3 obviously targets). However the show in the US failed because it was broadcast on CBS (which yes sounds weird – with it being the most watched US channel) but CBS’s veiwers are above 50, they watch CSI because they like the learning out part; not the horrorific small parts. Which basically meant that CBS veiwers wouldn’t watch the show. However BBC3 could give the show that demographic with its star shows Family Guy and Being Human being big among yong people, the show could be a hit for the channel (which is already looking forward to the 1million heroes veiwers pre-watching episodes on BBC3 this autumn). So I think that unlike in the US, Harper’s Island has everything really to allow it to succeed for BBC3 (and the fact that its cheap as it was cancelled) but we’ll never know until the numbers come out and I’m interested to see how it does for BBC3 who’s drama department seems to be quite dark.

August 28, 2009 at 11:56 pm 2 comments

TV Stars not worth their pay?


It seems everyone is overpaid in TV, Jonathon Ross being the most (in my opinion) gets paid £4.5 million a year for doing a show that only pulls in 2mil (a air 13 weeks a year!) and a saturday radio show – now that overpaid.

The YouGov poll found that 80% of people beleive that star’s wages should be cut. Peirs Morgan had only 6% of people thinking he deserved his pay. (personally he’s not worth a penny but hey). However I was shocked by Davina McCall’s , that only 9%! felt she was worth it (I like Davina! = 105%). However Simon Cowell also got the same, but he has made a show that pulls in 12 million veiwers in finals. The shows that he are in would be nothing without him, he’d remade reality TV. Now we see simon cowell rip-offs on cable compeition shows (like the orange band thing that was on 4Music). So surely he deserves the 6.6 million a year he gets paid for what he has done and because what else would stop him from leaving UK television (which in some ways could destroy ITV as its just basically lost its flagship show ‘The Bill’ in low ratings).

August 28, 2009 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

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