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GARDENERS' WORLD 27 April 2014 ratings success

GARDENERS' WORLD on 27 April 2014 topped the BBC 2 viewers' ratings according to the official auditing company, BARB.

I think that this is the first time that the programme has ever been the no 1 watched show on the channel.

It had 2.32 million of us watching.

CONGRATULATIONS to every on involved in producing it.



  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Did they feature something special in the programme to draw that many viewers?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,305

    And the next week it wasn't there 'cos of the snooker ............ barmy imageimageimage

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Scott EdwardsScott Edwards Posts: 227

    I still prefer Beechgrove for real gardening. It might not look a smooth and polished but it is much more helpful in giving clear advice and guidance. Hope the excellent viewing figures won't lead to complacency. I watch cookery programs by never cook any of the dishes they make. They all assume I can already cook to a higher standard than I can. They are a nice watch and a pleasant way to relax for half an hour but don't give me the information or confidence I need to head into the kitchen. Need to guard against Gardener's World heading in a similar direction.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,214

    I think that's  a very good comment Scott and I thoroughly agree. It's already been established that cookery programmes are achieving the opposite effect of what we'd assume - people are watching them as a way to pass time rather than going into the kitchen to copy the chefs they see. 

    I think Beechgrove is making it's mark now that it's nationwide. Strangely, I never used to be a fan of it, but I reckon it's covering subjects in a better way and showing people useful tips and methods while still catering for more experienced gardeners. Competition is always a good thing!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Scott and Fg, I agree; Beechgrove is about Proper Gardening; not about celebrities.image

  • Rio KnightRio Knight Posts: 26
    To be honest I'd cry uncontrollably if either of these program's were cancelled. Some weeks g.w. Is the best some weeks b.g. Is the best. I feel between the two of them I get a well rounded approach to gardening.

    P.s. I've just got a smart tv so I can watch YouTube on it and now I'm just watching all the 'A to Z of gardening' program's that the beeb did a while back.
  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    The Horticultural Channel also floats my boat. I wish there was more on itimage

  • Rio KnightRio Knight Posts: 26
    Thanks wintersong, I was unaware of that one. I'll check it out. image
  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Dove, you are so right.  Snooker....!  Uh.  Maybe if the BBC was run by advertisers, a massive audience like that wouldn't go unnoticed.  Scrap the licence fee, have adverts, then watch everything on I-player to avoid them.  Sounds like a plan.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,587

    Well, in Geoff Hamilton's day the programme had over 3 million viewers.

    I suspect the Beeb may think better about taking GW off, especially on long weekends when we all want to be out there in our gardens, if more gardeners wrote and complained about snooker and other sports taking its place.   GW always use dto be a constant and I can't see why we gardeners can't have our 30 minutes even in Wimbledon fortnight or World cups or Olympics.

    However, I find Monty Don generally so out of touch with ordinay gardeners now that I just thank heaven for Beechgrove which combines solid gardening advice on many subjects with a sense of fun.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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