Wednesday, October 16, 2019

U.K. SOAP GARNERS A 43-PERCENT AUDIENCE SHARE

March 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The British primetime soap opera Coronation Street, which debuted in 1960, attracted 44 percent of the entire British television audience Monday night for an episode in which it was revealed that a prominent character had murdered her son. The show was broadcast on ITV in two half-hour segments. The first, at 7:30 p.m.; the second […]

MASSIVE BRITISH AUDIENCES TUNE IN TO TWO ITV SHOWS

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Two British television shows each attracted massive audiences on Thursday and Sunday. According to preliminary ratings, a live episode marking the 50th anniversary of the primetime soap opera Coronation Street attracted 15 million viewers Thursday, and Simon Cowell’s talent contest The X Factor averaged 17.2 million on Sunday (peaking at 19.4 million). Both shows are […]

COULD FICTIONAL DISASTER TURN INTO A REAL ONE?

December 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Security has been boosted in Manchester, England at the ITV studios where the soap opera Coronation Street — a veritable institution in the U.K. — is produced for a live broadcast marking the show’s 50th anniversary. In the current story line, the fictional city of Weatherfield has been hit by an explosion and tram disaster. […]

FINAL U.K. TV DEBATE; PRIME MINISTER LOSES

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

More than eight million viewers tuned in to the BBC Thursday night to watch the third and final debate between the leaders of Britain’s three major parties, the Labor Party’s Gordon Brown, the Conservatives’ David Cameron, and the Liberal Democrats’ Nick Clegg. The number was down from the 9.4 million who watched the first debate, […]