EastEnders & # 39; scores the lowest in its 34-year history with only 2.4 million viewers tuning in … but bosses continue to insist that the Women & # 39; s World Cup is to blame & # 39;
- According to reports, viewers of the BBC soap plummeted to just 2.4 million for the Thursday 19:00 episode
- The show was defeated by fellow soap opera Emmerdale who received 4.9 million viewers, even with Question Time in which Albert Square was placed in the ratings
- This is the first time EastEnders has lowered its audience below three million – while the previous one was low with 3.7 million viewers in 2017
- Toonbazen insisted that the low scores were due to the Fifa Women & # 39; s World Cup that pushed the soap out of its usual 7.30pm or 8pm slot
EastEnders reportedly received the lowest ratings in Thursday's 34-year history at 7 p.m. – but bosses claimed the episode from the Women's World Cup was to blame.
According to The sun, viewers of the BBC soap opera plummeted to just 2.4 million amid fans' claims about weak storylines and dissatisfaction with the characters.
The show was defeated by fellow soap opera Emmerdale who received 4.9 million viewers, even with Question Time during which Albert Square was placed in the ratings.
Ratings: EastEnders are said to have received the lowest ratings in its 34-year history for Thursday's nineteenth episode – but bosses claimed the episode due to the Women's World Cup was to blame
Figures: according to The Sun, viewers of the BBC soap plummeted to just 2.4m amid fan-claims of weak storylines and dissatisfaction with the characters
This is the first time EastEnders has dropped its audience below three million, while the previous low reached 3.7 million in 2017.
Since then, bosses have insisted that the low viewing figures were due to the Fifa Women & # 39; s World Cup and the warm weather that made planning changes – pushing the soap out of its usual 7.30 pm or 8 pm slot – with many viewers who were not aware of the changes.
A source told the website: & # 39; The BBC has always been proud of EastEnders' continued success, but popularity has fallen slowly over the past year.
& # 39; The ratings on Thursday were embarrassing, especially given the heyday that EastEnders would achieve with more than eight million.
Response: Toonbazen has since insisted that the low scores were due to the FIFA Women's World Cup and the warm weather, making changes to the schedule – making the soap from the usual 7.30 p.m. or 8 p.m. achieved – with many viewers unaware of the changes
& # 39; The storylines do not resonate with fans and it seems none of those exciting & # 39; deaf deaf & # 39; moments that it is famous for. & # 39;
EastEnders has seen its usual weekly course of four episodes being disrupted by the coverage of the popular sports tournament.
It is understood that last Thursday's episode was moved to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, with the episode from Friday to Thursday at 7 p.m. – in direct competition with Emmerdale.
A spokesperson for EastEnders said Subway: & # 39; With the growing popularity of this year's Women & # 39; s World Cup, it was decided that viewers of BBC One had the opportunity to watch as many matches as possible.
& # 39; Although this meant a late schedule change for EastEnders this week, we are convinced that our audience knows they can watch EastEnders on BBC iPlayer, as we have already seen a significant number of viewers watch episodes this week. & # 39 ;
MailOnline has contacted EastEnders representatives for comments.
Soap: this is the first time EastEnders has dropped its audience below three million – while the previous low was with 3.7 million viewers in 2017
Thursday's episode saw Ben Mitchell conspiring against best friend Jay and girlfriend Ruby in an attempt to split them up with Lola Pearce would not leave Walford.
Although he succeeded, Lola was still planning to leave Albert Square.
This week also saw Rainie Branning (Tanya Franks) fleeing baby Abi.
The Christmas Tuesday episode of the soap, in which & # 39; Dirty & # 39; Den Watts handed divorce papers to his wife Angie, was viewed by a record of 30.1 million viewers.
Spat: the Christmas Tuesday episode of the soap, where & # 39; Dirty & # 39; Den Watts handed divorce papers to his wife Angie, viewed by a record of 30.1 million viewers
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