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New thread, I think.

December 30 - January 5

01 New Year's Eve Fireworks 10.697m
02 Call The Midwife 8.611m
03 Coronation Street 6.760m
04 Doctor Who 6.304m
05 Emmerdale 6.049m
06 The Masked Singer 6.034m
07 Dancing On Ice 5.815m
08 Dracula 5.632m
09 The Trial Of Christine Keeler 5.577m
10 EastEnders 5.496m
11 The Voice 5.321m
12 Countryfile 5.147m
13 BBC Weekend News 5.057m
14 The FA Cup 4.646m
15 Bancroft 4.561m
16 Celebrity Catchphrase 4.525m
17 Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration 4.498m
18 Casualty 4.380m
19 The Graham Norton Show 3.966m
20 Gogglebox 3.912m
 

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I imagine ITV will be pretty happy with the viewing figures for The Masked Singer. Although it did lose 1.2m viewers from the first episode to the second.
 

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Dancing On Ice seems to be dipping steadily year on year.
 

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I started posting the chart towards the end of January last year. I think when we get to that point, for shows like the soaps and other shows which were on at the same time last year, I may post the difference over the year.
 

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A bumper crop of Christmas specials and new programmes helped BBC iPlayer to its best festive fortnight ever. The holiday period (20 December – 2 January) was BBC iPlayer’s biggest on record, with 203m requests*to stream or download programmes, up well over a third on the same period last year.
New Year’s Day was BBC iPlayer’s best-ever day with 17.9 million requests, also up by well over a third on the previous year, as viewers sank their teeth into new series Dracula and stepped back into the Tardis with the new series of Doctor Who.

Over the whole holiday period, the long-awaited return to Barry and Billericay in the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special was the top episode, with 4.6 million requests. The three original series have also been performing well over Christmas, as iPlayer viewers revisited their favourite moments from the show, with 6.8m for the classic series.

Dramatic events in Albert Square as Keanu was kidnapped and apparently murdered by Martin Fowler helped EastEnders dominate the iPlayer top 20 over the holidays - making up 9 of the top 20 episodes on iPlayer. There were 15.6 million requests for EastEnders over the fortnight, with the Christmas Day episode topping the pile with 2.2 million requests.

Other strong performers include the Call the Midwife Christmas special with 1.8 million requests, and the new drama A Christmas Carol with 1.6 million requests.

The top 20 BBC iPlayer programmes (by episode) over the festive fortnight are:

Rank

Programme

Episode

Requests

1

Gavin & Stacey

Christmas Special

4,553,000

2

EastEnders

25/12/2019

2,207,000

3

Call the Midwife

Christmas Special 2019

1,785,000

4

A Christmas Carol

Episode 1

1,608,000

5

EastEnders

26/12/2019

1,506,000

6

EastEnders

24/12/2019

1,404,000

7

EastEnders

31/12/2019

1,352,000

8

EastEnders

27/12/2019

1,346,000

9

EastEnders

01/01/2020

1,324,000

10

EastEnders

20/12/2019

1,252,000

11

EastEnders

23/12/2019

1,184,000

12

EastEnders

30/12/2019

1,159,000

13

His Dark Materials

Betrayal

1,133,000

14

The Trial of Christine Keeler

Episode 1

1,108,000

15

A Christmas Carol

Episode 2

1,034,000

16

Mrs Brown's Boys Special

A Wonderful Mammy

960,000

17

Match of the Day - 2019/20

26/12/2019

959,000

18

Dracula

Episode 1

925,000

19

A Christmas Carol

Episode 3

900,000

20

Paddington 2



878,000


And the top 20 programme titles on BBC iPlayer over the festive fortnight are:

Rank

Programme

Requests

1

EastEnders

15,587,000

2

Gavin & Stacey

11,366,000

3

Hey Duggee

6,155,000

4

Bing

4,915,000

5

Waterloo Road

4,533,000

6

A Christmas Carol

3,542,000

7

Call the Midwife

3,366,000

8

Mrs Brown's Boys

3,330,000

9

His Dark Materials

3,292,000

10

Match of the Day

2,648,000

11

Numberblocks

2,007,000

12

BBC News

1,877,000

13

The Trial of Christine Keeler

1,808,000

14

Doctor Who

1,727,000

15

MasterChef

1,685,000

16

Peter Rabbit

1,609,000

17

The Apprentice

1,589,000

18

Dracula

1,555,000

19

Michael McIntyre's Big Show

1,542,000

20

Breakfast

1,496,000

Christmas week also saw a record 10.7 million BBC account holders sign in to watch programmes on iPlayer, with a record 3.6m of them aged under 35.

Dan McGolpin, Controller of iPlayer and Programming at the BBC, said: “It was a cracking Christmas for BBC iPlayer with more people than ever enjoying a huge range of great shows. The Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special was the icing on the cake, generating a ground-breaking number of requests, plus fan favourites like EastEnders and Call The Midwife and new series His Dark Materials and A Christmas Carol also top performers

"2019 was iPlayer’s best ever year and 2020 got off to the perfect start with the New Year’s Day Doctor Who and Dracula both helping to deliver the highest number of requests in a single day. Millions of people are enjoying iPlayer’s expanded box-set offer and new series being made available for longer.”

This includes BBC iPlayer request data between 20 December 2019 - 2 January 2020, so programmes will have differing availability within this period. Many programmes, such as Dracula, Doctor Who and The Trial or Christine Keeler were only available at the end of this period, and are still available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

*Some BBC iPlayer data from Sky isn’t available at the moment, but will be added to these figures and published at a later date.
 

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Eastenders seems to be very popular on iPlayer. I assume out of all the soaps Eastenders has the youngest viewing audience?
 

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I'd imagine so, out of the big three, at least. And I think iPlayer is more popular than the ITV hub as well, which helps. Can't say I'm surprised about that at all, as I find it way more user friendly.
 

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Any interest in Top 10 programmes of the year going back to 1981, @Rita?
 

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The BARB website has them from 1981 up to 2018. I assume they will add 2019 in due course. I'll add a few at a time, I think.
 

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These charts appear to be the Top 10 of each year, but only including the highest single episode for each soap or serial. The figures look crazy by current standards.
 

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These charts appear to be the Top 10 of each year, but only including the highest single episode for each soap or serial. The figures look crazy by current standards.

I think I actually remember the days when the soaps got up to 20 million viewers if not more.
 

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1981

01 Film: Jaws 23.2m
02 Film: Diamonds Are Forever 22.2m
03 Royal Wedding 21.7m
04 The Benny Hill Show 20.0m
05 This Is Your Life 19.8m
06 Coronation Street 18.8m
07 To The Manor Born 17.8m
08 Shelley 17.7m
09 Magnum 17.6m
10 Seven Dials Of Mystery 17.6m
 

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A film getting over 20 million viewers is totally unheard of now. Especially a James Bond film.
 

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A film getting over 20 million viewers is totally unheard of now. Especially a James Bond film.
I remember HOW LONG it took to see a film if you missed it at the cinema. Worse I'm pretty sure the VHS releases would often have limited runs or be ridiculously expensive.
 

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1982

01 Film: The Spy Who Loved Me 22.9m
02 This Is Your Life 19.3m
03 Coronation Street 18.95m
04 Film: Force 10 From Navarone 18.9m
05 The Gentle Touch 18.1m
06 The Benny Hill Show 17.95m
07 Family Fortunes 17.35m
08 ITN News 17.25m
09 London Nighg Out 17.2m
10 Play Your Cards Right 16.85m
 

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I remember HOW LONG it took to see a film if you missed it at the cinema. Worse I'm pretty sure the VHS releases would often have limited runs or be ridiculously expensive.

Where I grew up you couldn’t get to a cinema unless you travelled for over 2 hours. Films were a real treat.
 

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I remember HOW LONG it took to see a film if you missed it at the cinema. Worse I'm pretty sure the VHS releases would often have limited runs or be ridiculously expensive.

When did home video become popular? I know we didn't get one until really late - I think about 83 or 84?

And yes, didn't it take about a year for a film to come out on rental video anyway, and then about a year again before it hit retail?

I remember when I worked in a video shop when I was in sixth form (so we're talking 1987), there was still a very clear rental/retail market split, and that the store owner used to pay about £60 or so for a rental copy.
 

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I can’t imagine either Emmerdale or Coronation Street getting anything approaching a young audience :D Eastenders has definitely done the best job of cultivating and keeping its younger cast members.

Hollyoaks on the other hand (if it still gets an audience AT ALL) I imagine to mainly be young teens now.
 

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Hollyoaks has the top 4 programmes on E4, with each episode ranging between 0.869m and 1.119m. Isn't it broadcast multiple times, possibly on different channels, though? Those stats are I think only one broadcast.
 

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1983

01 Coronation Street 18.45m
02 Film: Superman 16.75m
03 This Is Your Life 16.55m
04 It'll Be Alright On The Night 16.0m
05 Last Of The Summer Wine 15.95m
06 Film: Jaws II 15.8m
07 Film: The Man With The Golden Gun 15.7m
08 Family Fortunes 15.25m
09 Miss World 1983 14.95m
10= Name That Tune 14.75m
10= Wish You Were Here 14.75m
 

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1984

01 The Royal Variety Performance 1984 20.55m
02 Coronation Street 20.45m
03 Film: Raiders Of The Lost Ark 19.35m
03 Porridge 19.35m
05 Film: Airplane 18.1m
06 Film: Kramer v Kramer 18.0m
07 Bullseye 17.6m
08 Minder 17.5m
09 Film: Mary Poppins 17.35m
10 Miss World 1984 17.1m
 

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16 million for Last of the Summer Wine :o

although I remember my household watching it religiously in the nineties.
 

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I don't think I realised Miss World was still a significant thing by 1984.
 

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1995

01 EastEnders 23.55m
02 Coronation Street 21.4m
03 Wish You Were Here 18.95m
03 Open All Hours 18.95m
05 Last Of The Summer Time 18.8m
06 The Prince and Princess of Wales 18.6m
07 It'll Be Alright On The Night 18.55m
08 The Two Ronnies 18.5m
09 That's Life 18.35m
10 World Featherweight Championship (Barry McGuigan v Eusebio Pedroza) 18.0m
 

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I don't think I realised Miss World was still a significant thing by 1984.

In the FORWARD-THINKING south west we had MR TSW

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I blame Dame Judi Spiers for my PROCLIVITIES
 

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1986

01 EastEnders 30.15m
02 Just Good Friends 20.75m
03 Coronation Street 19.25m
04 Only Fools And Horses 18.8m
05 Prince & Princess of Wales In Private and in Public 18.45m
06 World Featherweight Championship (Barry McGuigan v Denilo Cabrera) 18.30m
07 Blind Date 18.2m
08 Last Of The Summer Wine 18.1m
09 People Do The Funniest Things 17.85m
10 Duty Free 17.35m
 

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Pretty sure I thought Duty Free was shit even when I was a child.
 

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No idea. Some sort of documentary?

I’m not sure there’s any question here. I doubt sincerely that it was half an hour of Princess Diana slowly flicking herself off to Charles playing the hits of the day on the banjaleelee.

Then again, what an idea for a show...
 

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I don't think I realised Miss World was still a significant thing by 1984.

I’ve had a quick look at what we used to sit round watching between the power cuts, outbreaks of scurvy, a Potato Waffle for tea and coughing up blood, and not only is this a silly load of old toss presided over by the sort of person you’d not leave the children with, but the insistent racket of the band really does redefine OPPRESSIVE :wired:


Thank God for NOW :disco:
 
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16.85m for Play Your Cards Right in 1982 :disco:

I did love that. In fact I used to get very close to openly sobbing with excitement at the merest hint of the theme tune. Emotional stability at a premium from an early age :side-eye:
 

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1986

01 EastEnders 30.15m
02 Just Good Friends 20.75m
03 Coronation Street 19.25m
04 Only Fools And Horses 18.8m
05 Prince & Princess of Wales In Private and in Public 18.45m
06 World Featherweight Championship (Barry McGuigan v Denilo Cabrera) 18.30m
07 Blind Date 18.2m
08 Last Of The Summer Wine 18.1m
09 People Do The Funniest Things 17.85m
10 Duty Free 17.35m

Look at that Eastenders figure. :o
 

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Look at that Eastenders figure. :o
That was the Christmas Day episode. Which I believe was the Den serving Angie with divorce papers episode. Not that I've watched the show for two decades, but surely one of the all time iconic moments?
 

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16.85m for Play Your Cards Right in 1982 :disco:

I did love that. In fact I used to get very close to openly sobbing with excitement at the merest hint of the theme tune. Emotional stability at a premium from an early age :side-eye:

Here they are, they're so appealing
Come on dollies, do your dealing :disco:
 

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