Coronation Street and Emmerdale TV ratings at record low amid huge shake-up

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Coronation Street and Emmerdale TV ratings are down, according to a report by Ofcom, as viewers switch to watching on streaming services
Coronation Street and Emmerdale TV ratings are down, according to a report by Ofcom, as viewers switch to watching on streaming services

Coronation Street and Emmerdale have seen record low TV ratings, according to a new Ofcom report.

The ITV soaps are said to be suffering with lower viewing figures than previous years, a report from the broadcasting regulator has revealed. It is believed these changes in viewing figures are to do with audiences switching from watching on television to instead using streaming sites like ITVX and for those shows on the BBC, BBC iPlayer.

The report read: "The number of programmes with more than four million TV viewers has halved over the past eight years, from 2,490 in 2014, to 1,184 in 2022. While the number of programmes with large audiences is down across all genres, these declines are a reflection of fewer people watching the main early and late evening TV news bulletins as well as a steady decline in viewing figures for the three most popular soaps: Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale."

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Corrie and Emmerdale have been running for decades on ITV, with recent storylines on the Cobbles including Sarah falling pregnant and Stephen meddling in the paternity test results by altering the letter. Stephen has also been keeping the residents on their toes, and has already murdered three people whilst successfully worming his way into the heart of the Platt family.

There has also been some tough storylines covered, such as Paul Foreman's motor neurone disease diagnosis whilst elsewhere, the arrival of Courtney – played by Stephanie Davis – has caused Aadi to get embroiled in a huge affair behind his boss' Darren's back.

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On Emmerdale, the ITV soap has just aired the tragic and shocking death of Rishi Sharma, as Bhasker Patel quit his role on the show after 12 years whilst his adopted son Jai struggles with their falling out before his death. Dan was left horrified yesterday after Amelia's stalker Lloyd died in hospital following an attack by Dan recently. He now faces an uncertain future following the death.

Bob and Wendy have been rocked by the nurse's affair with Liam, and whilst things have come to an end now, the ramifications are still felt by the pair whilst Liam is still pining over the end of his romance with Wendy. After Caleb and Nicky were rumbled for their huge secret, the pair are soon set to get mixed up in new drama – but how will the Dales residents feel about it all?

Jasmine Allday

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