(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog October 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)
broadcast television is 80 years old this week. To commemorate its
birthday, a list has been compiled by the Press Association of the 20
most watched transmissions of all time (excluding repeats, films, sport
and major news events).
And in that list of the 20 most watched transmissions of all time, Coronation Street features four - yes four - times.
Here are the Coronation Street episodes which made the top 20:
In at No. 9 of 20
Coronation Street (ITV, 2 January 1985): 21.40 million
The episode where Bet Lynch becomes landlady of the Rovers Return.
In at No 18 of 20
Coronation Street (ITV, 18 December 1980): 20.80 million
Post blog note from Corriepedia: The episode claimed - in the PA press release - as having the highest rating in 1980 was in fact the episode shown on 18/2/1981. 18/12/1980 was a Thursday
It's this episode here starring Ken and Deirdre.
In at Joint No. 20
Coronation Street (ITV, 9 January 1985): 20.60 million
Coronation Street (ITV, 16 January 1985): 20.60 million
The full list of the top 20 can be see at The Guardian website
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