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TV ratings – 7 December: Holby City suffers at hands of Coronation Street and Emmerdale

8 December 2010 10:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Late editions of soap operas push BBC drama below 4 million viewers, while Channel 4 has weak evening

Holby City Hospitalised

Holby City, BBC1, 8pm – The long-running drama was given a bloody nose by ITV1's pairing of Emmerdale and Coronation Street in later-than-normal slots, sinking to 3.901 million viewers, a 14.6% share of the audience. It is understood to be Holby's worst share of the audience since at least 2003.

Emmerdale averaged 8.142 million (31.5%) between 8pm and 8.30pm, but the real star of the night was once again Coronation Street, 50 years old this week, which in the aftermath of Monday night's tram accident averaged 11.831 million viewers, a 42.6% share.

It was the second Emmerdale of the night, after the 7pm episode averaged 7.826 million, a 33.7% share.

Have You Heard It's Corrie's 50th Birthday?

Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments, ITV1, 9pm – The first of this two-part nostalgia fest had 5.681 million viewers, a 22.7% share, enough to give »

- John Plunkett

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Prince William and Kate Middleton: get ready for a right royal TV fuss

16 November 2010 9:29 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After months of waiting, broadcasters are leaping into action with interviews and specials ... it could even eclipse the X Factor

ITV's Tom Bradby beats rivals to first William and Kate interview

As TV events go, Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding will be even bigger than the The X Factor final. Just don't bet against Simon Cowell being at both of them.

Both the BBC News channel and Sky News devoted their entire schedule to the couple today following the marriage announcement by Clarence House, with BBC1 also interrupting its normal programming to bring viewers the big news.

It is likely to be a fair reflection of the blanket media coverage that will be devoted to next year's wedding – right up until the big day and beyond.

The only surprise is that Sky Sports News failed to find an angle on the wedding plans – omitting to speculate on which Premier »

- John Plunkett

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TV ratings – 23 August: 2.6m tune in for penultimate Big Brother episode

24 August 2010 3:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Channel 4 reality series was watched by 2.57m, beating Simon Amstell's comedy Grandma's House

The penultimate episode of the 11th and final regular series of Big Brother on Channel 4 brought just over 2.5 million viewers to the network last night, Monday 23 August.

Tonight the victor of the 2010 series will be revealed, before being joined by 11 of the most – and least–- popular housemates from the past 10 years for a further two and a half weeks, during which they will vie to be named Ultimate Big Brother winner.

Last night's Big Brother was watched by 2.57 million viewers and attracted a 14% audience share from 10pm. A further 196,000 (2%) watched an hour later on Channel 4 +1.

Big Brother landed second among the five main networks in its slot, beaten only by BBC1's 10pm news (4.573 million/21.3%).

Other competition came from BBC2's Simon Amstell comedy Grandma's House (1.059 million/5%, BBC HD 32,000/0.15%), ITV1/ITV1 HD's »

- Jason Deans

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Deborah Turness: 'News is the best drama on television'

4 July 2010 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The editor of ITV news on managing her job, motherhood, and 'sofa politics'

As if juggling the chairing of this year's MediaGuardian Edinburgh international television festival, becoming a mother and editing ITV News during a general election year were not enough, Deborah Turness is also considering joining a dance troupe. This year's festival will include a Got to Dance special, featuring some high kicks and fancy footwork from the media industry. And Turness is up for taking part.

"I'd love to get my legwarmers on," she says enthusiastically. She admits that her staff may have other ideas, however. It is not easy to keep up with the dynamo that is Turness.

Smart, funny and full of energy, she is striding around her newsroom when I meet her, chatting with her anchors Mary Nightingale and Alastair Stewart and talking to bulletin editors.

Returning from having her photograph taken, she bounds into her glass-walled office, »

- Tara Conlan

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