TV shows enjoy ratings lift as lockdown begins

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Figures suggest more people are tuning in for the latest news – and entertainment.

Audiences for a range of TV programmes have jumped as the UK adjusts to life in lockdown, new figures reveal.

Soap operas and news bulletins, along with shows about cookery and antiques, have all seen a lift in their ratings.

In the week ending March 29, five of the top 10 most-watched broadcasts were editions of the BBC News at Six, with the bulletin on Monday March 23 attracting a TV audience of 8.3 million – nearly double the programme’s typical ratings so far this year.

Mr Johnson’s speech was watched by 14.6 million on BBC One and 5.8 million on ITV, according to consolidated ratings published by Barb.

The figures include people who recorded and watched programmes up to seven days after transmission.

Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway has enjoyed a ratings boost (Ian West/PA)

For Coronation Street and EastEnders, this was their largest TV audience in 2020 so far.

Other programmes enjoying big ratings during the same week included Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV (9.3 million), and MasterChef (7.8 million) and The Repair Shop (6.7 million) on BBC One.

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