RATINGS! Comic Relief sees lowest viewing figures in at least 20 years

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Comic Relief dropped to its lowest ratings in at least 20 years on BBC One last night for Red Nose Day 2017.

An average audience of 6.3 million viewers watched the first half of last night's telethon, down almost 2 million viewers on the previous show in 2015 and over 3 million below the 2013 figure.


The biennial event in fact dropped to its lowest ratings since at least the 90s, where over 8 million were tuning in.

At 10PM, the show switched to BBC Two where just 2.1 million viewers stuck with it.

Highlights from the telethon included Take That hitting the road with James Corden in Carpool Karaoke, a much awaited Love Actually mini sequel and music performances from stars including Ed Sheeran.

Despite the poor viewing numbers, donations during the show plus those from other Red Nose Day events across the country still managed to raise £71 million for good causes in the UK and the rest of the world.

Comic Relief ratings

Main BBC One show only.


2015: 8.1 million
2013: 9.9 million
2011: 9.9 million
2009: 10.3 million
2007: 9.5 million
2005: 10.4 million
2003: 11.5 million
2001: 9.1 million

Elsewhere on TV last night, Gogglebox continued with 2 million viewers on Channel 4, Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast was Channel 5's most watched show with a million viewers and BBC Two's top show was Gardeners' World with 2.4 million.

More on: UK TV Ratings
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