Friday, 2 December 2016

Coronation Street in top 20 most watched TV programmes, ever

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog October 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

British 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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