Can you believe these shows have less viewers than Countryfile?
Countryfile is the BBC’s dark horse. First broadcast in 1988, the show has provided news and comment surround the UK’s agricultural and environmental issues in a factual entertainment format.
The Sunday night show has steadily been rising to the top of the ratings pile over the last few months. 2015 has seen the show reach its highest ratings of all time, consistently beating hit shows like ITV’s The X Factor and even the ever popular Strictly Come Dancing.
We took a closer look at the official TV ratings for the end of last month and were blown away by what we discovered. The figures below show (in millions) the number of viewers that watched these popular UK television programmes.
Just what is it about this calm countryside affair that drags people away from…
…the shocking scenes of War and Peace:
…the sheer hilarity of Ninja Warrior UK:
…and the quality interviewing of Graham Norton:
Countryfile is the programme equivalent of a good Sunday roast. Each component is both familiar yet still interesting, it’s filled with comforting faces that make you happy, and it gently lulls you into such a serene state that when it’s over you’re left sprawled out on the sofa with no hope of movement.
Executive producer Bill Lyons puts it down to our relationship with nature: “The Countryfile family is a big one reaching a huge audience every week. It’s wonderful that Countryfile has become the most popular weekly factual series on television, but it’s all down to the enduring love affair between the British people and their countryside.”
In fact, it has become so popular that we have been gifted EVEN MORE Countryfile. Starting this Spring (naturally), the BBC will air five 45-minute weekday specials following the changing landscape across the seasons.
What do you think makes Countryfile such a winning programme? Tweet us @tvguideshows to let us know your thoughts.