Coronation Street is the most watched soap - and it's not even close

Coronation Street and other soap viewing figures

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Coronation Street is currently the most watched soap on TV, and it’s way ahead of its rivals.

The ITV soap attracted an average audience of 8 million in the latest week of official ratings.

The latest numbers include those who watched on the night, plus those who catch up within seven days of the episode airing.

That compares to an average of 6.5 million for its fellow ITV soap Emmerdale and 5.7 million for BBC One’s EastEnders over the same week.

Coronation Street was the second most watched TV show of the entire week, beaten only by Britain’s Got Talent.

The figures come as ITV announce huge changes to its two soaps’ teams behind the scenes.

It follows current Corrie boss Kate Oates’ decision to leave the soap, moving to drama production.

Current Emmerdale boss Iain MacLeod had been appointed as the new Producer of Coronation Street. Former ITV Drama Commissioner Jane Hudson has been appointed Emmerdale’s Executive Producer responsible for the future editorial and creative direction of the award-winning soap.

Kate said of her exit: “Being a part of Coronation Street has quite simply been one of the best experiences of my life. I am proud of the stories we have told and the impact they have had – and I’ve had a ball working with one of the best and most talented teams in television.

“I’ll be forever grateful for this opportunity and all it has given me; but I’m also excited to try something new.”

Kate originally started working in soaps on Crossroads in 2003 before moving to BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers.

Her career then saw her working as a story editor on Emmerdale between 2010 and 2012. Kate joined Corrie in 2012 as an assistant producer before taking over as series producer in 2016.

As well as working on the show’s main storylines and characters, Katie was in control of the show’s move from airing five episodes per week to six episodes each week.

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