Multi-channel TV comes of age… it says here 

14 April 2004

BBCi takes an interesting line…

…not backed up by their own figures.

Success stories:

Arsenal vs Newcastle United, Sky Sports, Sunday – 1.6 million viewers

Friends, E4, Thursday – 1m viewers

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Saturday – 910,000 viewers

Apparant failures:

Wild West, BBC One, Friday – 3.3m viewers

Come and Have a Go If You Think You’re Smart Enough (first half), BBC One, Saturday – 3m viewers

New You’ve Been Framed, ITV1, Saturday – 3.2m viewers

So even such unwatchable crud as the first half of Come and Have a Go If You Think You’re Smart Enough and first-order drivel like “New” You’ve Been Framed get… er… 3 times as many viewers as the closest the populist minority channels on Sky can come up with.

So the BBC must be cursing itself for only having trounced Harry Potter II in the ratings.

Meanwhile, the viewers are cursing ITV for making people watch such delights as You’ve Been Conned Into Watching Cheap Television or the like.

But can 3,200,000 morons really be wrong?


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