Top 10 Most Watched British TV Channels

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1. BBC One

BBC One or British Broadcasting Corporation, is the leading tv channel in the United Kingdom. BBC One began on 2 November 1936 , and was the first television channel with a good image resolution. It’s name was changed to BBC TV in 1960 and continued to hold this name until [email protected] was launched in 1964, whereupon BBC TV name was changed to BBC1

BBC One is currently the most watched television in UK . The channel offers programs without advertisings.  BBC One can be accessed online

BBC One has a viewing share of 21.9%

 

2. ITV

ITV is a commercial TV network Launched  in 1955  in the United Kingdom.

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ITV is a network of television channels that operate regional television services as well as sharing programmes between each other to be displayed on the entire network.

ITV has a viewing share of 14.9%

3. BBC Two

BBC Two is the second television channel operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It covers a wide range of subject matter, but tending towards more “highbrow” programmes than the more mainstream and popular BBC One. Like the BBC’s other domestic TV and radio channels, it is funded by the television licence, and is therefore commercial-free. It is a comparatively well-funded public service network, regularly attaining a much higher audience share than most public service networks worldwide.

Originally styled BBC2, it was the third British television station to be launched (starting on 20 April 1964), and from 1 July 1967, Europe’s first television channel to broadcast regularly in colour. It was envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming, and while this tendency has continued to date, most special-interest programmes of a kind previously broadcast on BBC Two, for example the BBC Proms, now tend to appear on BBC Four instead.

BBC Two has a viewing share of  5.8%

4. Channel 4

 

Channel 4 is a British public-service television broadcaster that began transmission on 2 November 1982. Although largely commercially self-funded, it is ultimately publicly owned; originally a subsidiary of the Independent Broadcasting Authority , the station is now owned and operated by Channel Four Television Corporation, a public corporation of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport,which was established in 1990 and came into operation in 1993.

The channel was established to provide a fourth television service to the United Kingdom in addition to the licence-funded BBC’s two services, BBC One and BBC Two and the single commercial broadcasting network, ITV.

Channel 4 has a viewing share of 5.6%

5. Channel 5

 

Channel 5 is a British commercial television network. It was launched in 1997, and was the fifth national terrestrial analogue network in the United Kingdom after BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, and Channel 4. It is generally the fifth-placed network in the country in audience share, and has been since its inception.

Channel 5 is a general entertainment channel that shows both internally commissioned programmes such as Fifth Gear, Big Brother & Celebrity Big Brother, The Gadget Show, The Hotel Inspector, Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! and Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun and foreign programmes. The station has been very successful with imports from the United States in particular, including the CSI franchise, the NCIS franchise, the first 3 series in the Law & Order franchise. Power Rangers, The Mentalist, Body of Proof, Once Upon a Time, Dallas and Under the Dome. In July 2014, Channel 5 announced plans to open up its production arm and allow it to create shows for other channels, aping the BBC and ITV Studios.

Channel 5 has a viewing share of  4.3%

6. ITV2

 

ITV2, is a 24-hour, free-to-air entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a division of ITV plc.[1] It was launched on 7 December 1998 and is available digitally via satellite, cable, IPTV and terrestrial (Freeview) platforms. For a number of years, it had the largest audience share after the five analogue terrestrial stations, a claim now held by its sister service ITV3 both of which are freely available to a majority of households.

The channel is known for American programming such as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries; repeats of recently aired episodes of soap operas and other entertainment programming from ITV such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale; spin-off shows such as I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp, The Xtra Factor and Britain’s Got More Talent, and original programming such as Celebrity Juice and The Only Way Is Essex (now on ITVBe).

ITV2 has a viewing share of  2.2 %

7. ITV3

 

ITV3 is an entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom that is owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a division of ITV plc. The channel was launched on 1 November 2004. ITV3 is the sixth largest UK television channel by audience share and the largest after the five main terrestrial services, the position which was previously held by its sister station ITV2. The channel is known for UK dramas.

ITV3 has a viewing share of  2.2 %

8. E4

 

E4 is a British terrestrial digital television channel, funded by advertising. The “E” stands for entertainment, and the channel is mainly aimed at the 16–34 age group. Programming includes US imports such as The Goldbergs, The Cleveland Show, The O.C., Smallville, Veronica Mars, Everwood, What About Brian, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, 90210, One Tree Hill, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Rules of Engagement, The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Scream Queens, Revenge, and previously Friends. Other programming includes British shows such as Skins, My Mad Fat Diary, Misfits, The Inbetweeners, The Ricky Gervais Show, Shameless, Hollyoaks, Coach Trip and Made in Chelsea.

Some US imports, such as Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty, are screened on E4 up to one week ahead of their Channel 4 broadcasts. Its most successful broadcast to date was on 11 October 2010 when an episode of The Inbetweeners pulled in over 3.7 million viewers.

E4 has a viewing share of 1.9%

9. CBeebies

 

CBeebies is a BBC television network for programming aimed at encouraging “learning through play in a consistently safe environment for children aged 6 or under”, and providing “high quality, mostly UK-produced programmes”.

The name is used to brand the free-to-air domestic British channel, and is used for international variants supported by advertising, subscription or both. The channel was first launched on 11 February 2002.

The channel has won a number of awards. At the BAFTA Children’s Awards, it won awards in 2002 and in every year between 2002 and 2016, including “Best Pre-school Live Action Series” in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008. It has also won “Best Schools Programme – 0–6 years” awards (or equivalent) from the Royal Television Society from 2002 to 2008. CBeebies is the most-watched children’s channel in the UK and is the 8th most watched channel overall. CBeebies HD officially launched on 10 December 2013.

CBeebies has a viewing share of 1.4%

10. Film4

 

Film4 is a British digital television channel available in the United Kingdom, owned and operated by the Channel Four Television Corporation, that screens films. It offers films in standard definition free of charge. To access the high definition version of the channel, viewers must have a paid subscription with Virgin Media or Sky. The channel is also available in the Republic of Ireland on Virgin Media, Sky and Eir Vision and in Switzerland on UPC Cablecom and Swisscom.

Film4 has a viewing share of  1.4%

Source of info (Wikipedia)

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