A successful comedy is a feather in the cap for any channel controller. But as the 2014 viewing figures reveal, a primetime hit remains an elusive beast
ITV’s share of Saturday night peak-time audiences fell by 26% year-on-year in January, with weekend primetime as a whole down 22%.
Bake Off ‘s move helped BBC1 grow its audience in a year when overall TV viewing dipped and ITV suffered a decline in share.
Helped by a catchy title or topical theme, single dramas and docs can attract big audiences.
Natural history can still attract big audiences but the high cost is becoming a deterrent to broadcasters
How sleeper hit Gogglebox has helped Channel 4 in the battle for Friday nights
Commonwealth Games and live independence debate cap a solid first six months for STV and BBC1 Scotland.
Broadcaster struggles to live up to 2013 as strong new dramas can’t quite hit Broadchurch’s highs
Networks put up a strong fight for this fertile ground says Stephen Price
As the youth channel awaits approval for its move online, Stephen Price looks its performance over the past eight years
Over the Valentine’s weekend, more than 5 million US viewers reportedly watched the second series of Netflix’s House Of Cards.
The success of Broadchurch and the continuing appeal of Coronation Street, Downton Abbey and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! helped ITV become the only terrestrial network to grow share across its schedule in 2013.
Broadcast’s overview of how some of the biggest shows performed over the festive period includes Moonfleet, Death Comes To Pemberley and Caitlin Moran pilot Raised by Wolves.
C4 may have picked up a slew of Broadcast Awards nominations but this hasn’t been matched by a flood of viewers.
While Daybreak continues to underperform, there is better news elsewhere in daytime as ITV pulls neck and neck with rival BBC1
Sky Living’s move towards US and homegrown drama is paying dividends.
With both BBC1 and ITV looking to strengthen their factual output, all eyes are on the genre. Stephen Price reports on how the broadcasters have performed so far this year
C4 was the busiest broadcaster in Q2 as hours ordered increased across the board.
With the Olympics boosting last year’s viewing figures, maintaining volume was always going to be difficult.
Discovery’s focus on international rights and returnable shows highlights growing demand for formats.
May proved to be a busy month for broadcasters and producers, with more than 100 programmes added onto our commissioning index Greenlight - almost 80% of them new programmes.
The BBC show has much to celebrate with its recent Bafta win, but a 10% share decline tells a different story. Stephen Price takes a look at how all the soaps are faring so far this year.
The latest data from the Broadcast Greenlight index shows the Welsh PSB ordering the most shows, but which indies and commissioners have been the busiest?
From new shows like ITV2’s The Big Reunion to stalwarts like E4’s Hollyoaks, broadcasters’ ‘digital family’ of channels are making an important contribution.
Hits from Miranda to Death In Paradise help the channel increase share in the first quarter, while Channel 4 and Channel 5 lose 12% in peak.
The London 2012 Olympics helped the BBC wipe the floor with the commercial channels – and the Paralympics could do something similar for C4. Stephen Price reports.
Original comedy is now a key focus for broadcasters, but for every Stella or Mrs Brown’s Boys, there’s a Campus or The Royal Bodyguard. Stephen Price looks at the recent hits and misses
We may be watching in different ways, but 2011 viewing figures show TV ratings remain robust. Stephen Price reports on the broadcasters’ fortunes and the impact of recording.
Insight and analysis from Stephen Price of how time-shifting and recording is influencing different TV genres.
With new channel heads making their mark and Richard Desmond ringing the changes, Stephen Price asks how the main channels are faring, while our team assess the controllers
Viewing figures for the first quarter of 2011 were a mixed bag for the major broadcasters. Stephen Price looks at what caught viewers’ imagination and what made them switch off
Audiences were up overall, with The X Factor overtaking BGT to claim top spot, while strong ratings for Downton Abbey and Sherlock proved the case for drama. Stephen Price reports.
Wintry weather helped increase the total audience in early 2010 but commercial broadcasters lost out. Stephen Price reports.
Did anyone find ratings victory during the traditional seasonal slowdown? Former ITV scheduler Stephen Price investigates.