Yes, that’s the whole point. The BBC clearly shot itself in the foot if more people watched ITV News! That hardly ever happens.
Not really. Match of the Day beat ITV News at Ten during the 10-10:30pm slot with over 4m viewers.
Of course the delayed BBC News at Ten at 10:35 got fewer viewers than it would in its actual slot but I doubt anyone at the BBC is losing any sleep over it.
Comparing sports viewership to news is apples and oranges. The avid football fans would have watched the football regardless. And how many of those football viewers were actually there for the news but missed the announcement about BBC2 and were waiting for it to be on BBC1?
Comparing like for like, more people watched the news and the statement on ITV than the BBC. Therefore, in terms of news, the BBC made a misstep. On any other night they would have hammered ITV in the news ratings. The BBC could have switched the football to BBC2 whose viewership would probably have moved to see the conclusion of the match. That would have freed up BBC1 for the news and statement where those regular viewers who wanted it would have expected it (not on BBC2) and not needed to turn over to ITV.
Of course, this can be spun anyway we like, really. That's just how it appears to me.
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