- The Wold Cup 2018 game featuring Tunisia vs England was the most watched programme of the first half of the year.
- ‘Love Island’ took the lead on ITV2 with over 4million views when it first started.
- ‘Collateral’ was the most viewed programme on BBC2 with a whopping 6,349million views for an episode in February.
According to new data from the measurement company Zenith, by 2020 people will spend more time online, than watching TV. Although this transition was expected, this will be the first time the internet will have taken over television viewing figures.
That being said, television remains an important source of news and entertainment for many Brits, with 91% watching TV at least once in a typical week in 2016, according to Ofcom.
As a result, OnBuy.com pulled data from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), to reveal the programmes with the highest number of views per episode from each month from six leading channels:
BBC 1, ITV, Channel 4, BBC 2, Channel 5 and ITV 2.
The data was gathered by analysing the weekly viewing figures for the top-rated programmes, between January to June to unveil the most viewed episode of the month.
OnBuy can reveal that out of all six channels, the most viewed programme from January to June was the ‘World Cup 2018’ game featuring Tunisia vs England on BBC1 where 16,866million people tuned in to watch it. ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ was the next most-watched programme between January and June, with 11,003million views for an episode in April alone.
Channel 4’s ‘Kiri’ was the most watched programme of the channel within the six months analysed, with 5,686million views for the most popular episode in January, while the British television series ‘Collateral’ was the most viewed programme on BBC2 with a celebratory 6,349million views for its most popular episode in February.
‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ on Channel 5 took the lead as it gained the highest number of views in the last six months – with June raking in 2,384million views for an episode. And whilst cruising may not be everyone, ITV2’s ‘Love Island’, came back with a bang, as Brits settled down to watch the bronzed bikini-clad contestants find love, with more than 4million views when it started in June.