After the Realscreen Reality Gold Rush / What Do Brits Watch? High Quality Docs in Prime Time! Top UK Factual FY’11 (#36-70)

The message at sold-out Realscreen 2012 was “Welcome to the Reality Gold Rush!”

The vibe was all business.

It was an honest industrial experience that had more in common with a trip to Arkansas to pitch Walmart than with the fading glamour of the international program development process at, say, MIP.

  • The hotel was locked down against lobby rats, badge swappers and other kinds of gatecrashers.
  • Delegates flocked between sessions and pitch meetings in search of some pick or shovel of knowledge that might uncover their “Eureka!” moment.
  • Harried commissioners coped with pitch meetings that were often double-booked and timed to the minute.
Our consulting team continued our engagement– begun at History Makers — to support a delegation of top producers from Singapore that was led by the Media Development Authority.
  • Many thanks to all who joined in that effort!
Then, aching from that never-ending flight from Washington, and eager to take a break from Reality overload, I disembarked at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport.
  • And what was the very first sign that blocked my path as I stepped out of the gangway?

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UK Factual Ratings 2011

So, it’s a great pleasure to shift our focus to the #2 English-speaking market.

A friend shared a recent a top level report on the average ratings for UK Factual and Documentary programs broadcast last year.

  • Our list below shows #36-70 (sometimes with abbreviated titles)
  • The data demonstrate the wonderful and enduring British appetite for Unscripted programs delivered across an eclectic range of topics and formats

In our next post from ‘Marvelous Melbourne’:

  • Watch out for the UK’s #1-35
  • And our Takeaways
# Title Channel TVR ’000 Category
36 Inside the Human Body BBC 1 7.5 4271 Science Series
37 Kate in Canada ITV1 7.5 4280 Curr Affs Special
38 Strictly Kosher ITV1 7.4 4266 Obs Doc Series
39 The Dales ITV1 7.4 4226 Obs Doc Series
40 Great British Weather BBC 1 7.4 4237 Science Series
41 The Real Thumberlina ITV1 7.2 4171 Bio
42 Britain’s Royal Weddings BBC 1 7.2 4105 History
43 Madagascar BBC 2 7.1 4063 Travel / Nat Hist
44 The Betty Driver Story ITV1 7.1 4028 Pop History
45 Smugglers ITV1 6.9 3974 Investgn / Series
46 Will Kate – Their Words ITV1 6.9 3951 Current Affs
47 Famous, Rich + In the Slums w/Comic Relief BBC 1 6.9 3976 Travel / Comedy
48 Motorway Cops BBC 1 6.9 3950 Cop Doc Series
49 Secret Mediterranean ITV1 6.9 3917 Travel
50 Wonders of the Universe BBC 2 6.8 3905 Science
51 One Born Every Minute CH4 6.8 3889 Obs Doc Series
52 Natural Treasures Live BBC1 6.8 3887 Hist / Travel
53 Attenborough / Giant Egg BBC2 6.8 3873 Nat History
54 Britain’s Royal Weddings BBC 1 6.7 3859 History
55 Will Kate: Royal Love Story BBC 1 6.7 3856 Bio
56 The Queen’s Palaces BBC1 6.6 3816 Hist / Travel
57 Poms In Paradise ITV1 6.6 3790 Trav / Lifestyle
58 The Secret Mediterranean ITV1 6.6 3763 Doc
59 Madagascar BBC2 6.5 3730 Nat History
60 The Lakes (Series 2) ITV1 6.5 3690 Travel Series
61 Supersize Ambulance BBC1 6.4 3664 Obs Doc Series
62 The Dales ITV1 7.4 4226 Obs Doc Series
63 The Real King’s Speech CH4 6.4 3637 History
64 Martin Clunes: Man / Manta ITV1 6.4 3632 Nat History
65 One Born Every Minute CH4 6.3 3618 Obs Doc Series
66 Nature’s Miracle Babies BBC1 6.3 3610 Nat History
67 Sextuplets ITV1 6.2 3548 Nat History
68 Sir Jimmy Saville BBC 1 6 3467 Bio
69 The Lakes at Christmas ITV1 6 3429 Travel Series
70 Bang Goes the Theory: Japan Earthquake BBC 1 6 3414 Science