Survivors – BBC TV

The BBC's revival of the classic 1970s post-apocalyptic drama by Terry Nation

Episode one: 6.5m tune in to Survivors

Posted by Rich Cross on November 24, 2008

Broadcast magazine reports that 6.5m viewers tuned in to the first episode of Survivors on BBC One on Sunday 23 November – a good showing, but one that – predictably – could not hold its own against ITV’s I’m a Celebrity.

BBC1’s new apocalyptic drama Survivors got off to a fine start last night at 9pm with a strong 6.5m viewers (25.4%) but the show was no match for ITV1’s I’m a Celebrity. The opening 90-minute episode began with 7.1m (26.5%) but saw its audience steadily decline to 6.3m (27.5%) in the final quarter of an hour.

The drama, featuring Julie Graham and Max Beesley, was up by 35.4% on the channel’s slot average for the year so far of 4.8m (20.5%).

Despite the strong showing for the terrestrial channel it was still below its commercial rival ITV1 at the time by 1.1m.

The latest goings on in the Australian jungle appealed to a sizeable 7.6m (29.7%). The 90-minute edition of reality series I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! was up by 40.7% on the channel’s slot average of 5.4m (22.9%).

Broadcast, 24 November 2008

Early viewing figures are also reported on the Digital Spy web site and Media Guardian.


3 Responses to “Episode one: 6.5m tune in to Survivors”

  1. David said

    I was a bit disappointed to be honest. The incidental music was too loud. I think the incidental music kind of spoilt the atphosphere.

  2. neville said

    Interesting stats yet I wonder how really meaningful such viewer numbers continue to be.

    What about people who recorded the show for later viewing? I’m one of those: recorded episode 1 on my Freeview PVR which I watched this evening, Nov 26, as episode 2 was being recorded. Not sure when I’ll get to watch that (and subsequent episodes).

    Hard to measure those, I guess. What about iPlayer viewers? Easier to measure, I imagine.

    In any event, a terrific drama, thoroughly enjoyed episode 1. Believable story, great characters. The kind of drama that may interest me again in watching TV as it happens.

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