BBC Debate beaten by Britain's Got Talent in the ratings

Double the number of people watched the ITV talent show than Jeremy Corbyn

Jack Shepherd
Thursday 01 June 2017 10:04
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Corbyn keeps and eye on Farron
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Britain’s Got Talent has once again beaten a high-profile political TV debate in the ratings, last night’s BBC Debate being watched by approximately 3.5 million viewers, compared to the ITV show’s 7.2 million.

Earlier this week, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were grilled by Jeremy Paxman on Channel 4 and Sky News, with 2.9 million people tuning in; Britain’s Got Talent managed 8.5million viewers.

Overnights TV, the country’s leading analyst of broadcast ratings, revealed the new figures, pointing out how 7 million tuned into the 2015 BBC Leaders Debate.

Figures peaked during the BBC Debate at 4.7 million, a 23.4 per cent share of the TV watching audience. According to their figures, 11 per cent of the UK — 6.5 million — watched at least three minutes.

The debate saw Jeremy Corbyn talk policies with Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Conservative representative Amber Rudd. Much of the discussion over the 90 minutes fell on why Prime Minister Theresa May didn’t make an appearance.

The BBC has been accused of left-wing bias as the audience appeared to support Jeremy Corbyn, despite polling firm ComRes choosing audience members representative of supporters from across the parties.

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