Leading TV channels in the United Kingdom (UK) as of Q3 2019, by quarterly reach

As of the third quarter of 2019, BBC 1 had a reach of roughly 55 million viewers. The BBC’s channels one and two both had the highest reaches among all BBC channels, with the broadcasting network’s least popular channel being BBC Parliament. The highest reaching commercial channel as of the third quarter of 2019 was Channel 4. In 2017, the BBC had the highest audience share of any broadcaster in the UK. In total there were over 460 TV channels available in the UK as of December 2018.

TV audiences

UK adults aged over 65 years watched on average almost six hours of television per day, more than three times as much viewed by those aged between 16 and 24 years. The total average time spent watching television in the UK has actually fallen between 2011 and 2017. The favorite genres of the British public include drama, entertainment and documentaries.

Video on demand

With the digital revolution came the rise of video on demand services. The United Kingdom alone had approximately 600 legal video on-demand services available to consumers. As of the third quarter of 2018, the UK Apple iOS app had more than half a billion minutes of viewable content available to stream.

Quarterly reach of the leading 20 TV channels in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 3rd quarter 2019

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Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

Q3 2019

Age group

4 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Reach for each channel is based upon the viewer watching 3 or more consecutive minutes.
Figures have been rounded.
Additional survey methodology can be found here.

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