MEDIA : Friends top TV ratings for teens

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Friends, the cult US sitcom series, is the most popular programme among 13- to 16-year-olds, with 57 per cent voting it among their favourite shows. Eastenders, X-Files, Home and Away and Neighbours are also big hits with this teenage group. These are among the latest findings by Media 2000, a research project which tracks the changing tastes and attitudes of London schoolchildren.

Two-thirds of the sample said they would like to see more music and comedy on TV. The same high proportion have a TV in their bedroom. The favourite advertisement among these young teenagers -who watch nearly hour and a half hours of TV every day, on average - is the controversial Blackcurrant Tango commercial. Media 2000 was devised and conducted by Andy Hearnshaw and Nigel of BBJ Media Services and is analysed by Carat Research. Rob Brown