My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

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The JICTAR figure for the episode broadcast on Fri 18 January 1980 is an impressive 19.3m (the second most watched programme that week), so its not a wholly fallacious claim. Only two episodes of the repeat run got into the Top 20, though.
...but one of the ones that did got into the Top 20 most watched of the decade, according to the BFI! http://old.bfi.org.uk/features/mostwatched/1980s.html

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Billy Smart wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:23 pm
Billy Smart wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:59 pm
The JICTAR figure for the episode broadcast on Fri 18 January 1980 is an impressive 19.3m (the second most watched programme that week), so its not a wholly fallacious claim. Only two episodes of the repeat run got into the Top 20, though.
...but one of the ones that did got into the Top 20 most watched of the decade, according to the BFI! http://old.bfi.org.uk/features/mostwatched/1980s.html
It was an impressive figure. I presume the list takes the most-watched edition of each title, I mean EastEnders was regularly topping 20 million in the late 80s, even if that did include the Sunday repeat.
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I presume the list takes the most-watched edition of each title, I mean EastEnders was regularly topping 20 million in the late 80s, even if that did include the Sunday repeat.
I was intrigued by the most watched News of the 1980s... It turns out that the bulletin for Sunday 25 November 1984 was broadcast to a captive audience during the interval of the Royal Variety Performance, rather than anything especially newsworthy attracting the viewers' attention!

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I'm sure a good deal of the viewers in the exceptionally high-rated editions are down to some quirk of scheduling, be it Christmas or being shown opposite something that was especially unpopular.
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Not quite making the list was 18.5 million for the 1985 World Snooker Championship final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor - BBC2's highest-ever audience, and the highest audience for a programme after midnight. As far as I know, both those records still stand.

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