The climax of Big Brother 13 was the lowest rated final in the show’s history, but may be considered a good performance in light of recent ratings.
The 90-minute final, which saw Luke Anderson crowned the winner after 70 days in the house, averaged 1.48m (6.6%) from 9PM on Channel 5, rising to 1.53m with +1 included.
This was down on the 2011 final which averaged 2.06m, however, this year’s final came a day after Big Brother’s all-time lowest rating was recorded against the London 2012 Closing Ceremony.
Elsewhere at 9PM (excluding +1 channels), Eastenders attracted 6.72m on BBC1 and Ruth Rendell’s Thirteen Steps Down was seen by 4.0m on ITV1. BB did beat Channel 4 and BBC2 though, with Escape from Colditz and The Riots: In Their Own Words averaging 1.40m and 0.94m respectively.
The 2012 series, the first to air since the introduction of Channel 5+1, got off to a promising start with a launch audience and weekly averages for the first month rating higher than last year.
However, with Conor’s controversial comments towards Deana and the ‘insiders’ taking control of the house, ratings began to dip, and continued to suffer with the Olympics in full swing.
All the ratings for Big Brother 2012 can be found here, and don’t forget, Celebrity Big Brother kicks off tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 9PM!
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