Channel 4 election coverage beats ITV in ratings
8 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
David Mitchell and former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman put a comedy spin on this year’s election on Channel 4
Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night, hosted by David Mitchell and Jeremy Paxman, has beaten ITV in the ratings, according to early overnight figures.
An average of 1.9 million watched Channel 4 in the first hour after the polls closed at 22:00 BST, with 1.45 million tuning in to ITV’s coverage.
BBC One’s Election 2015 show, hosted by David Dimbleby, dominated the audience, with an average of 6.35 million.
Sky News attracted 356,000 viewers to the first hour of its rolling coverage.
ITV political editor Tom Bradby hosted the channel’s election broadcast for the first time, alongside newsreader and moderator of the TV leaders debate, Julie Etchingham.
BBC One’s programme saw Dimbleby host his final election coverage, with help from Jeremy Vine, Sophie Raworth, Fiona Bruce, Emily Maitlis, Andrew Neill and the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson.
Channel 4’s alternative election coverage had kicked off an hour earlier than BBC One and ITV, and included special editions of the channel’s hit show The Last Leg, which averaged 2 million viewers.
David Dimbleby hosted the BBC Election Debate and will present a special edition of BBC Question Time on Friday evening
From 22:00 BST the coverage included special Gogglebox inserts, featuring the …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment