The UK’s main broadcasters trashed their schedules on Friday to deliver audiences wall-to-wall protection of Prince Philip’s dying, however the output proved to be a turn-off for Brits in key night viewing hours.
Ratings information crunched by Deadline exhibits that the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 all suffered viewers declines between the hours of 7PM and 11PM, when the broadcasters lined up particular protection of the Duke of Edinburgh’s demise.
BBC One, the UK’s most-watched tv channel, misplaced 6% of its viewers final evening in contrast with Friday, April 2 (full figures beneath). Sister channel BBC Two, which simulcast the BBC News channel for an excellent chunk of the night, was down 65%, in accordance with Barb figures provided by overnights.television.
Prince Philip’s Death: How The BBC & Other British Broadcasters Responded
Such was the displeasure with the size of the BBC’s protection that it was deluged with complaints. The BBC even arrange an official criticism kind on its web site, making it simpler for viewers to lift their considerations about “too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
It was an analogous story elsewhere. ITV, the BBC’s foremost industrial rival, suffered a 60% dent to its rankings on Friday evening, whereas Channel 4 — which broadcast a feature-length information particular at 7PM — was down 8.5%.
Channel 4 did, nonetheless, largely persist with its deliberate schedule within the night and was rewarded with the highest-rated present of the day on a single channel within the form of Studio Lambert’s Gogglebox, which was watched by almost 4.2M viewers.
The solely public service broadcaster to put up an improved viewers on per week in the past was Channel 5, which nudged up 2%. Like Channel 4, the ViacomCBS-owned community largely caught to its authentic night schedule.
The highest-rated information bulletin of the day was the BBC 6PM information with simply over 4.6M viewers because it was simulcast throughout BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC News. BBC One additionally boasted the most-viewed particular broadcast on Prince Philip, with 2.4M tuning into HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered from 7PM to 9PM.
Below are the general public service broadcasters’ common audiences between 7PM and 11PM final evening, in contrast with final week:
April 9: 2.41M
April 2: 2.56M
April 9: 340,000
April 2: 980,000
April 9: 1.34M
April 2: 3.39M
April 9: 1.62M
April 2: 1.77M
April 9: 900,000
April 2: 880,000