10 million watch unfolding drama at Downing Street on BBC One

Overnight ratings figures have revealed that the unfolding drama at Downing Street yesterday was watched by nearly 10 million viewers as BBC One cleared its schedules, dropping Holby City and EastEnders, to bring viewers continuing coverage as events unfolded.

 

Overnight ratings figures have revealed that the unfolding drama at Downing Street yesterday was watched by nearly 10 million viewers as BBC One cleared its schedules, dropping Holby City and EastEnders, to bring viewers continuing coverage as events unfolded. The One Show was interrupted at 7.15pm as Gordon Brown stepped outside Number 10 for the final time to make a statement to the press that were camped outside. The Prime Minister announced his decision to stand down and that David Cameron would form the next government.

 

As events quickly unfolded the BBC cleared its schedules, dropping EastEnders and Holby City, to bring viewers continued coverage. Events moved along very quickly as Gordon Brown visited Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen while David Cameron also visited the Palace and later arrived at Downing Street. Audiences rose as these events unfolded with 8.4 million viewers at 7.30 rising to 9.9 million at 8pm. On the BBC News Channel around 1.3 million viewers were watching the events as they happened between 7pm and 9pm.

 

 

Sky News meanwhile had 600,000 for the same period. The schedules returned to normal on BBC One at 9pm with new thriller drama Luther attracting a strong 5.3 million viewers with ratings rising at 10pm for the regular BBC News programme which had 6.5 million viewers. Newsnight on BBC Two, which followed, had a strong 1.3 million viewers. Yesterday’s events in Westminster brought to an end a tense five days of negotiations between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives although yesterday it seemed a deal between Labour and the Lib Dems was a possibility.

 

Last night’s episode of EastEnders will instead play out tonight at 7.30pm but the BBC has not revealed when the scheduled episode of Holby City will air. [Pictured Right: For over half an hour BBC One aired intermittently a caption over the news promising EastEnders would follow the live events].