UK’s Fabulous 50 Documentaries + Factual, 1H 2016: The Brexit Predictors

Our veteran UK audience research guru correctly predicted the Brexit LEAVE vote based on the factual shows that were hits this year prior to the vote. The values of Olde Englande led the list. Four of the Top 5 shows feature the royal family. And the ode to rural life, Countryfile topped them all. Countryfile …

UK TV: ‘Generation Gap’ Widens. Viewing Time Drops. Ofcom Annual Report

The UK broadcast regulator Ofcom confirms a very significant shift in British viewing habits: People under 25 are watching around 25% less broadcast TV than in 2010. And they are shifting from Live and Recorded TV to VOD as well as ‘Short online video clips’. These important findings are published in Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting Annual …

Nat Geo 3.0: ‘Challenger Disaster’ Premiere Ratings

My highlight for this week’s excellent Realscreen was CEO Courteney Monroe’s presentation of her team’s strategy for Nat Geo 3.0. She raised big questions that I’ll cover soon. Last week, we ‘Case Studied’ Nat Geo’s Challenger Disaster: The Lost Tapes. The Challenger special deserves close analysis as a model for future Nat Geo global commissions. It also …

UK Factual Hits: The Sizzling Sixty for 2015

Publishing the ‘Best UK Factual’ each January makes me wish for just a moment that I had left Melbourne in 1981 for an up-and-coming Brit ‘hood like Glasgow instead of Brooklyn. Maybe not quite so much this year. Let’s see why. Bake Off The Great British Bake Off was a huge, super-hit with more than …

Donald Trump: Reality TV’s Presidential Candidate Rides ‘Earned Media’ to the Nomination

Political analysts distinguish between ‘earned’ or ‘free’ media and ‘bought’ media to explain Donald Trump’s unexpected, continuing dominance of the Republican presidential campaign. As an example of ‘earned’ media, they point to Trump’s appearance as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which averaged a 6.6 rating, the highest for SNL since January 2012. They cite …

UK Viewing Snapshot: The Highest-rated Program for 40+ Networks

Continuing our snapshot of UK unscripted viewing, following is a list that captures the highest-rated program for each of the major terrestrial broadcasters and their digital brands. The data conveys the scale of viewing for the genre and highlights the major players. And in the next table, the spotlight falls on the vast gulf between UK broadcasters and the …

UK Ratings: Top 50+ Documentary & Lifestyle Programs in 2015

This week, we briefly cover the 50+ highest-rated Factual + Lifestyle programs in the UK for 2015, Year-to-Date. Who Guessed? I phoned several UK producers, and none of them correctly guessed #1. The BBC’s Countryfile came in on top (13.2 rating / 7.7mn). For 25+ years, this weekly hour has drawn viewers to its snapshots of rustic British …