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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 18:53

    It was 20 years ago and there was less choice back then. Whilst this is true, one thing that is often overlooked is that only the best TV writers would be hired - I genuinely feel that there is an overall decline in script quality (particularly for the soaps).

    We still have the occcasional tv show that captures the nations attention - Poldark, Downton, Dr Foster, The Fall, Happy Valley, Liar, Broadchurch etc - and are beautifully crafted (more or less) but it’s this type of show TV writers want to write... and the quality makes the soaps pail in comparison.

    I still hold out for a soap resurgence - ITV have a standing order for a huge 12 episodes of Emmerdale/Coronation Street a week, and they wouldn’t do this if they weren’t still bringing in big money from advertising.
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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 19:22

    Ratings will never be what they used to be at all. With all the modern day streaming techniques, it’s just not a true representation. But soaps have suffered quite a lot. Even 5 years ago, they were raking in nearly 10 million an episode.

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 20:46

    Found this, the X Factor 2010 finale - the most watched X Factor episode ever, broken down by demographic:

    C4-15: 2.22m (74.4%)... 12.9% skew
    16-34: 4.81m (73.3%)... 28.1%
    * 16-24: 2.22m (76.6%)
    35-44: 3.18m (63.5%)... 18.5%
    45-54: 2.90m (56.1%)... 16.9%
    55-64: 1.96m (42.3%)... 11.5%
    65+: 2.09m (30.6%)... 12.2%

    That's 17.16m viewers.

    What a striking contrast that is - I get formats lose popularity (and of course Strictly has only grown in popularity with each passing year), but will be interesting to see what the finale does this year - 6m?

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 20:48

    So potential losing 10 million viewers in 7 years.

    It’s bizarre how Strictly had never changed it’s format yet has utterly dominated The X Factor for the last 5 years or more. Just shows that sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 20:57

    It's not like you can even credit the talent as responsible for the views (Matt Cardle won) - people genuinely just loved the show.

    The decline is most obvious here at UKMIX - the 2010 show had 176 pages - the 2017 show has 6 pages.

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 21:08

    X Factor declined when Cheryl and Simon jumped ship. They had another year or two with Dannii, Louis, Cheryl and Simon imo as it just completely worked.
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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 21:42

    That was definitely their best judging line up. It is the only thing Dannii has really been good at.

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 21:43

    As long as x factor keeps creating 'stars' it won't be cancelled. Ok so last series was a bust. But before that Louisa is doing OK for herself. I see Rak-Su having an amazing career. To be honest. The UK x factor is the only show to still produce actual talent and still have hit records. The Voice in the UK or US has failed to produce a worldwide talent. Even American Idol. The only really successful singer overseas is Kelly. X factor may be failing in the ratings but it still produces great singers.

    Also. Simon, Cheryl, Dannii and Louis. Best lineup.
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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 21:45

    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan
    That was definitely their best judging line up. It is the only thing Dannii has really been good at.


    Disremembrance says hi.

    But yes, the best lineup.

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 21:46

    I personally wouldn’t say that The X Factor produces stars any more. I mean, it’s not as bad as The Voice for that but still pretty awful.

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 21:54

    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan
    I personally wouldn’t say that The X Factor produces stars any more. I mean, it’s not as bad as The Voice for that but still pretty awful.
    Louisa sales are strong through. She may not have had humber 1 after number 1 but she's been fairly consistent. At least she has some chart success. The Voice has failed to produce any lasting singer.
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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 22:01

    Quote Originally Posted by BehindBreakaway
    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan
    I personally wouldn’t say that The X Factor produces stars any more. I mean, it’s not as bad as The Voice for that but still pretty awful.
    Louisa sales are strong through. She may not have had humber 1 after number 1 but she's been fairly consistent. At least she has some chart success. The Voice has failed to produce any lasting singer.
    They missed their opportunity on The Voice with Kevin, he had so much star potential.

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 22:08

    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan
    Quote Originally Posted by BehindBreakaway
    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan
    I personally wouldn’t say that The X Factor produces stars any more. I mean, it’s not as bad as The Voice for that but still pretty awful.
    Louisa sales are strong through. She may not have had humber 1 after number 1 but she's been fairly consistent. At least she has some chart success. The Voice has failed to produce any lasting singer.
    They missed their opportunity on The Voice with Kevin, he had so much star potential.
    Agreed!! However the one who slipped through the net is leah mcfall!!!
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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 23:01

    Louisa hasn't even had an album so I wouldn't really call her a success. I think it's possible the show could still produce a star, it all depends on their material after the show as that will sell itself if it's good enough. Matt will be dropped by Easter, going the same way as most male winners. I definitely see Rak-Su achieving a couple of hits as they're very streaming friendly.

    The Voice has had too many boring contestants over the years and the format doesn't allow you to get to know the contestants as well as the X Factor's does. Kevin Simm definitely should've had a career, can't see why he wasn't given a big push.

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    by » Sun November 26th, 2017, 23:06

    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan
    Ratings will never be what they used to be at all. With all the modern day streaming techniques, it’s just not a true representation. But soaps have suffered quite a lot. Even 5 years ago, they were raking in nearly 10 million an episode.
    I think the thing with the soaps is people feel they can dip in and out a lot more now, generally you can see when a soap has a bit of an event week on because the ratings spike but the loyal fanbases seem to be getting smaller. It could be the quality, the lack of iconic characters, or just that the stories are tired and repetitive. I would hazard a guess though that soaps are amongst the most watched shows on catch up. I predominantly watch them in that way!

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    by » Mon November 27th, 2017, 19:27

    Top Twenty Most Watched Programmes w/e 19 November incl +1

    01. Blue Planet II - 13.11m
    02. I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! - 12.69m
    03. Strictly Come Dancing (Sat) - 12.05m
    04. Coronation Street (Wed 1930) - 8.24m
    05. The Apprentice - 7.19m
    06. Children in Need - 7.12m
    07. Countryfile - 6.84m
    08. EastEnders (Tue) - 6.83m
    09. Emmerdale (Wed) - 6.77m
    10. Michael McIntyre’s Big Show - 6.59m
    11. Casualty - 5.46m
    12. The X Factor (Sat) - 5.41m
    13. Love, Lies and Records - 5.14m
    14. BBC News at Six (Tue 1800) - 5.14m
    15. Pointless Celebrities - 5.11m
    16. Howards End - 4.97m
    17. International Football: England v Brazil - 4.87m
    18. The A Word - 4.35m
    19. Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs - 4.24m
    20. The One Show (Fri) - 4.23m

    Soap Averages:

    Coronation Street - 7.49m
    Emmerdale - 6.71m
    EastEnders - 6.59m

    Courtesy of BARB.

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    by » Mon November 27th, 2017, 19:34

    Good to see the main 3 soaps are still top 10, even if their rating pale in comparison to yesteryear. I hope The A Word pulls around a bit, I want a 3rd series. Reality TV is still ruling supreme but Blue Planet II completely deserves the top spot. If only they could find a way to stretch the licence fee for more David Attenborough shows.
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    by » Mon November 27th, 2017, 19:43

    For comparison to Blue Planet...

    Planet Earth II

    Ep #1 - 12.26m
    Ep #2 - 13.14m
    Ep #3 - 11.60m
    Ep #4 - 11.88m
    Ep #5 - 11.54m
    Ep #6 - 11.10m
    Ep #7 - 12.02m (compilation episode, broadcast a month after the series ended)

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    by » Mon November 27th, 2017, 19:54

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne
    For comparison to Blue Planet...

    Planet Earth II

    Ep #1 - 12.26m
    Ep #2 - 13.14m
    Ep #3 - 11.60m
    Ep #4 - 11.88m
    Ep #5 - 11.54m
    Ep #6 - 11.10m
    Ep #7 - 12.02m (compilation episode, broadcast a month after the series ended)
    Planet Earth II was amazeballs, but my favourite was Frozen Planet.
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    by » Mon November 27th, 2017, 20:51

    I can't believe Countryfile does so well, it must be the Strictly lead-in... it's the most boring show I've ever seen.

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    by » Mon November 27th, 2017, 21:01

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller
    I can't believe Countryfile does so well, it must be the Strictly lead-in... it's the most boring show I've ever seen.
    The demographics for Countryfile will probably be 95% of viewers in the 60+ age bracket.

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    by » Tue November 28th, 2017, 20:37

    Monday 27 November 2017

    BBC 1

    06:00: Breakfast - 1.53m (39.5%)
    09:15: Claimed and Shamed - 1.47m (30.6%)
    10:00: Homes Under the Hammer - 1.19m (24.7%)
    11:00: BBC News Special - 877k (19.1%)
    11:45: The Sheriffs are Coming - 1.19m (23.9%)
    12:15: Bargain Hunt - 2.08m (34.7%)
    13:00: BBC News at One - 2.73m (41.7%)
    13:30: BBC Regional News - 2.42m (35.3%)
    13:45: Doctors - 1.27m (19.8%)
    14:15: Armchair Detectives - 791k (12.7%)
    15:00: Escape to the Country - 1.13m (17.2%)
    15:45: Royal Recipes - 1.29m (14.9%)
    16:30: Flog It! - 2.00m (17.8%)
    17:15: Pointless - 3.05m (20.7%)
    18:00: BBC News at Six - 5.59m (32.0%)
    18:30: BBC Regional News - 5.55m (30.1%)
    19:00: The One Show - 3.86m (20.3%)
    19:30: Harry and Meghan: A Royal Engagement - 3.41m (16.9%)
    20:00: EastEnders - 6.06m (28.4%)
    20:30: Would I Lie to You? - 3.07m (14.2%)
    21:00: New Tricks - 2.00m (9.2%)
    22:00: BBC News at Ten - 3.33m (21.0%)
    22:30: BBC Regional News - 2.61m (19.8%)

    ITV (inc. +1)

    06:00: Good Morning Britain - 741k (20.2%)
    08:30: Lorraine - 1.02m (21.5%)
    09:25: The Jeremy Kyle Show - 1.22m (25.3%)
    10:30: This Morning - 1.03m (21.2%)
    12:30: Loose Women - 922k (14.5%)
    13:30: ITV Lunchtime News - 1.08m (16.6%)
    14:30: Countrywise - 646k (10.5%)
    15:00: Dickinson's Real Deal - 1.12m (16.1%)
    16:00: Tipping Point - 2.54m (26.0%)
    17:00: The Chase - 3.64m (25.9%)
    18:00: ITV Regional News - 3.75m (21.4%)
    18:30: ITV Evening News - 3.82m (20.7%)
    19:00: Emmerdale - 6.02m (31.5%)
    19:30: Coronation Street - 6.85m (34.1%)
    20:00: The Martin Lewis Money Show - 3.89m (18.3%)
    20:30: Coronation Street - 6.82m (31.7%) [7.2m tapechecked?]
    21:00: I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! - 8.61m (39.5%)
    22:00: ITV News at Ten - 3.10m (19.5%)

    Eastenders above 6m again, huge ratings for ITV News at Ten/

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    by » Tue November 28th, 2017, 20:49

    I think the I’m A Celeb lead-in does wonders for it, especially when compared to New Tricks’ dismal ratings.

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    by » Tue November 28th, 2017, 21:20

    Amazing to think that New Tricks was pulling in 10m at its peak - why the BBC doesn't schedule a better show than a re-run of New Tricks is beyond me.

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