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Television Ratings and Competition

Objective : demonstrate
understanding of competition
between channels of audience
ratings and scheduling
Starter Match The Show To The
Audience
BBC 1
BBC2
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
BBC 3
BBC 4
CBBC
Big Brother
Celebrity Masterchef
The Culture Show
Youve Been Framed
Friday Night Dinner
Symphony
BBC4
CBBC
Lesson 3 Ratings and Scheduling
1.How many series and specials of The Royle Family
were there?
2. What channel was Series 1 featured on and why?
3. Why was it moved to BBC 1 for Series 2?
4. What time of day was it shown and why is this
significant?
5. How positive were the ratings of the show?
6. When were specials shown and what does this
suggest about the show?
7. In which ways could it be seen as diverse or
original?
8. Do you think it has been influenced by other
shows or
influenced others?
9. Was it helped by shows before it in the
scheduling?
10. Which awards may have been important to the
BBCs
remit?

1.How many series and specials of The I.T Crowd
were there?
2. In which ways does the show seem suitable or
unsuitable for the Channel 4 Brand identity?
3. What day/time of day was it shown and why is
this
significant?
4. How positive were the ratings of the show?
5. When were specials shown and what does this
suggest about the show?
6. On which other channels has it been broadcast
and how has this helped Channel 4?
7. In which ways could it be seen as diverse
or original?
8. Do you think it has been influenced by
other shows or influenced others?
9. Which awards may have been important to the
Channels remit?
10. How has it helped other shows in the
schedule



Lesson 3 Ratings and Scheduling
1.How many series and specials of The Royle Family
were there?
2. What channel was Series 1 featured on and why?
3. Why was it moved to BBC 1 for Series 2?
4. What time of day was it shown and why is this
significant?
5. How positive were the ratings of the show?
6. When were specials shown and what does this
suggest about the show?
7. In which ways could it be seen as diverse or original?
8. Do you think it has been influenced by other shows or
influenced others?
9. Was it helped by shows before it in the scheduling?
10. Which awards may have been important to the BBCs
remit?

Lesson 3 Ratings and Scheduling
1.How many series and specials of The I.T Crowd
were there?
2. In which ways does the show seem suitable or
unsuitable for the Channel 4 Brand identity?
3. What day/time of day was it shown and why is this
significant?
4. How positive were the ratings of the show?
5. When were specials shown and what does this
suggest about the show?
6. On which other channels has it been broadcast
and how has this helped Channel 4?
7. In which ways could it be seen as diverse
or original?
8. Do you think it has been influenced by
other shows or influenced others?
9. Which awards may have been important to the
ChannelS remit?
10. How has it helped other shows in the schedule



Teacher Copy
1. 3 series 1998-2000 and specials between
2006-20012
2. Series 1 on BBC2 with socially realistic, anti-
narrative style may have seemed innovative
and suitable for a niche audience.
3. High ratings on BBC2 indicated populist
potential suitable for more mainstream
channel.
4. Shown post watershed as suited adult themes
and language.
5/6 Reinforced success on BBc1 in series and the
Christmas specials. Only premium brand
shows given the prestigious Christmas
Day/Eve slots.
7. Socially realistic, filmed in 16mm not video,
Anti- narrative, realtime, no laughter track
8. Shameless
9. Followed Eastenders in Christmas schedules in
comedy slot
10. Pretigious BAFTAs as indicator of quality
demanded in Remit





1. 4 series and 1 special
2. Features young upwardly mobile, urban characters. Traditional
format may have seemed rebelllious in the fly on the wall age
of comedy (e,g The Office)
3. Post watershed at 9.00 slot hailing the start of the weekend for
a young audience
4. Lower ratings than TRF but in line with the channel and which
steadily rose
5. Specials shown as themed nights and on christmas eve
demonstrating the shows importance to the channels brand
identity
6. Also shown on E4 (repeats) creating synergy
7. See question 2
8. The Big Bang Theory, postmodern intertextual references of
Spaced and The Simpsons
9. Presigious Baftas
10. Precursor to Alan Carr





Extension
Develop a concept for a new situation comedy
that you think would appeal to each of these
Channels and their brand identities.

Channel 4
ITV
BBC 1
BBC 4