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Big Brother: Timebomb a ratings smash for Ireland’s TV3

5 comments - Posted on July 17 2015 at 02:58pm

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Big Brother 2015: Timebomb may have attracted disappointing ratings for Channel 5 in the UK – but it has been a big hit for TV3 in the Republic of Ireland, with last night’s final attracting over 200,000 viewers and double the UK share.

The 105-minute live show, which saw Chloe Wilburn voted the winner, averaged 224,700 viewers in the Republic. This was 15.96% of the available audience – more than double the UK share of 7%.

It had a total reach of 458,800 people – while the share rose to 20% among Adults 15-44 and 27.74% among Adults 15-24.

Meanwhile, Timebomb ended with Irish series average of 131,700 viewers across TV3, TV3+1 and digital channel 3e, while TV3 boasted an average daily reach of 245,700 viewers per episode.

The broadcaster also claimed a total of 2.68million of its viewers tuned in to either the main show or spin-off Bit On The Side across the run – almost 60% of the Irish population.

Hailing the ratings success of Big Brother in the Emerald Isle, a TV3 spokesperson said: “This year has proved that after ten years on air the beast that is Big Brother is alive and well. For 3e and TV3 it has been a brilliant addition to our schedule with the ratings growing each night.”

By comparison, the Timebomb final drew 1.28million viewers in the UK for Channel 5 – while it had an overnight series average of 1.13million viewers, down 110,000 on last year’s Power Trip.

After entering talks with producers Endemol on multiple occasions, TV3 finally reached a one-year deal for the Irish rights to Big Brother in May, with Timebomb being the first series of the show to air in the country in over four years.

The agreement means that the next two Celebrity editions will also air on the channel – although Irish viewers have complained as they are unable to participate in eviction voting.



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5 comments on this article

  1. Kevin says:
    Fri 17 Jul Reply !

    Let watch out for an increase in Irish contestants… 2 this year and climbing!

  2. YoungsterJoey says:
    Fri 17 Jul Reply !

    I heard the celeb series will follow a UK vs US twist…but why not UK vs. Ireland twist or would that be too much? Or Europe vs. US……Im not a producer here, i’m only human!

  3. Scott says:
    Fri 17 Jul Reply !

    I guess the probability of them commissioning an Irish BB is very high now then. :up:

    • Matt says:
      Fri 17 Jul

      Actually highly unlikely – Endemol charges £20million a year for a series of Big Brother, and TV3’s entire programming budget is less than £14million

  4. Az says:
    Fri 17 Jul Reply !

    They’ve had a few years break from having Big Brother on their screens haven’t they? I think if we had that then the UK ratings would be up too.


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