Celebrity Big Brother becomes fourth-biggest Channel 5 show of all time

By Maisie McCabe, mediaweek.co.uk, Friday, 19 August 2011 09:47AM

Richard Desmond's decision to resurrect Celebrity Big Brother appears to be paying off after Channel 5 received its fourth-biggest audience of its 14-year history, and by far its biggest broadcast outside sport and films.

Celebrity Big Brother becomes 5th biggest Channel 5 show of all time

Celebrity Big Brother becomes 5th biggest Channel 5 show of all time

According to unofficial overnight figures, 'Celebrity Big Brother: Launch' delivered an average audience of 5.08 million between 9pm and 10.30pm, a 21.9% share of the TV-watching public.

The launch show introduced the first housemates to enter the Channel 5 'Big Brother' house including Sally Bercow, wife of the House of Commons speaker and Paddy Doherty from reality show 'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings'.

The 15-minute peak was between 10pm and 10.15pm, when the audience rose to 5.58 million viewers.

'Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side', the follow-up show with guests such as 'Celebrity Big Brother' winner Alex Reid and 2010 'Big Brother' winner Josie Long, had an audience of 1.82 million between 10.30pm and 11.30pm, a 13.2% share.

The second most watched show at 9pm was the science fiction drama 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' on BBC One with an audience of 3.42 million, a 14% share of the available audience.

The closing episode of the two part Irish cop drama 'Single-handed' attracted an average audience of 2.78 million viewers, a 2.8% share, on ITV1 and ITV1 HD between 9pm and 10pm. An additional 100,500 watched the show on ITV1 +1.

Top 10 most viewed programmes on Channel 5
Rank Programme Date and time aired Audience (Millions)
1 Euro 2000 Qualifier: Poland v England Wed 8 Sep 1999 – 19.00 5,630,000
2 World Cup Qualifier: Albania v England Wed 28 Mar 2001 – 19.00 5,590,000
3 Independence Day Tue 7 Sep 1999 – 21.00 5,410,000
4 The Rock Tue 8 Feb 2000 – 2100 5,050,000
5 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Sun 14 Nov 2004 – 21.00 4,950,000
6 Miracle on 34th Street Sun 7 Dec 2003 – 17.55 4,850,000
7 Uefa Cup 2002/3: Celtic v Liverpool Thu 13 Mar 2003 – 19.45 4,610,000
8 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tue 17 Mar 2009 – 21.00 4,550,000
9 Joey Sun 13 Feb 2005 – 20.35 4,530,000
10 Euro 2000 Qualifier: Luxembourg v England Wed 14 Oct 1998 – 19.00 4,380,000

This article was first published on mediaweek.co.uk


You must log in to use Clip & Save

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Additional Information

Campaign Jobs