Celebrity Big Brother is most complained about TV show in 2018

Most complained about TV shows of 2018 revealed

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Ofcom has revealed the most complained about TV shows of 2018, with Celebrity Big Brother topping the list.

Over the past 12 months, a total of 56,000 complaints about UK television programmes were made to Ofcom.


47,000 of those concerned just the 10 shows, with Celebrity Big Brother the most complained about.

CBB totalled some 27,602, most concerning the allegation of physical abuse made by Roxanne Pallett against Ryan Thomas.

The so-called 'punchgate' scandal saw Roxanne walk out of the house before making a public apology to Ryan in an interview with host Emma Willis.

The second most complained about TV moment of 2018 was the altercation between Kim Woodburn and Coleen Nolan on ITV’s Loose Women. Their row live on air prompted almost 8,000 complaints, with many accusing the panel of 'bullying' Kim and calling for Coleen to be sacked.

Ofcom says it is currently investigating both of these programmes following the complaints.

Also on the list are Love Island, The X Factor and I'm A Celebrity together with ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Rounding off the list are news and daytime shows Sky News, Good Morning Britain and This Morning. No BBC programme made the top 10.

Tony Close, Ofcom's Director of Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement, said: “Viewers are as passionate as ever about what they watch, discussing programmes with their friends and family, and with other people on social media.


"They complain to us when they think programmes have fallen below the standards they expect, and we carefully assess each and every complaint we receive."

He added: “This year, we’ve taken action on many occasions where programmes have fallen short of the standards required by our rules.”

Most complained about shows 2018

  1. Celebrity Big Brother: 27,602
  2. Loose Women: 8,002
  3. Sky News: 4,251
  4. Love Island: 4,192
  5. Coronation Street: 1,098
  6. Emmerdale: 759
  7. Good Morning Britain: 548
  8. This Morning: 402
  9. I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!: 335
  10. The X Factor: 286
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