Fake Eviction Watched By 5 Million+
Detractors of Big Brother will delight in saying that the
show has had its day after 8 years on our screens, however,
the viewing figures for Friday night's fake eviction say otherwise.
Whilst it's true that viewing figures have dropped below
the 3 Million mark this series, that has been for a number
of justifiable reasons. Well, perhaps explainable
more than justifiable?
Firstly, the show fought a battle it couldn't really win
with ITV's short-format 'Britain's Got Talent' show, which
was over in a short period of time and came to a quick conclusion
(compared to Big Brother). So, it was inherently more compelling
Also, mid-week Big Brother shows never get top viewing figures,
but frankly the 'all girl' start didn't help this year as
fans were (literally) turned-off by it. Full marks to the
producers for trying something different though.
However, things are really starting to pick-up now, and the
good thing about that is that we've avoided the inevitable
lull that usually occurs half-way through a series.
On Friday the 13th of July, when Charley Uchea was fake-evicted
and then sent back in, the first live show of the evening
received an average of 4.8 Million viewers and a peak of 5.3
Million. The second show reached an average of 5.1 Million
and a peak of 5.5 Million viewers.
Compared to the average figures at the same point last year,
that's ahead for the first show and just behind for the second.
Still, it means that around 25% of the viewing public were
watching Big Brother at the time, so those figures are not
to be sniffed-at.
Big Brother celebrates its 8th Birthday today, which, just
like so-called 'dog years,' is actually quite old in terms
of longevity in the world of television shows.
However, the above figures prove that there's life in the
old dog yet!
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