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Sport Relief 2018

(March 2018)

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Larry the Loafer
Any word on what ITV's figures were for the football?
Any word on what ITV's figures were for the football?

JCB posted:
The Sport Relief telethon has never really manged to carve an identity out for itself that the public have taken to. Clearly this year, for whatever reason, the public just wern't interested. There must be a bit of panic going on at Comic Releif this morning.

It’s interesting you say that, as I thought that it *did* have an identity when it was a Saturday night in the summer, with the Sport Relief Mile taking place during the day, and when there was more of a link to BBC Sport.

It’s obviously now been a while since they moved it to a Friday in March and made it more of a Comic Relief style show, but I’m still not sure that the change has been worth it.
roo posted:
Any word on what ITV's figures were for the football?

As I thought then, the audience was split, I knew the football would take away some of the viewers - despite just being a friendly.

Both channels would've got better figures if one or both of them had been on normal schedule. No winners here.
3.37 million for last night's Sport Relief, and also taking into account the peak at 4 million, is dire. And the drop in money raised strongly correlates with the ratings drop.

ITV must be chuffed at the BBC's scheduling error.

Ouch. Ridiculous to schedule it against the football - I'm sure it is usually a week earlier.

Personally I'm a bit tired of these mega celeb challenges and would like to see more focus on encouraging the public to fundraise.
Andrew Founding member
I’m not sure the football effected it, as if that wasn’t on it would have had to face two episodes of Corrie getting 7m

I can’t imagine someone who actually watches football, wanting to watch Ore Oduba and Davina McCall linking into clips and a special edition of Strictly.

Moving it back to a summer Saturday would be a good idea rather than it being a half hearted Children in Need
But if Corrie affected it, it would've done BETTER than usual this year, not worse. A different audience watches that.

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