I am truly amazed at the ratings bonanza BBC One got with the 1979 strike - no surprise, as there were only two channels, but still the ratings was extraordinary, as people decided to stay in and watch BBC One, than going out to the cinema, pubs, shops, clubs etc.
Although that didn't stop the Glasgow Herald asking where all the viewers had gone the day ITV came back, pointing out that ITV's top-rated shows were getting 17 million before the strike, so a few million had gone somewhere...
They are impressive figures, mind. The one that always gets me is Top of the Pops, as I thought about again when they played the chart from 1979 on Pick of the Pops the other week. Bands like XTC, Matumbi, The Jags, The Headboys and New Muzik were all on Pops in October and playing to over nineteen million people. You'd have to go on an Olympics opening ceremony to reach that kind of audience these days.