EastEnders' ratings soar to huge heights amid Coronavirus pandemic

EastEnders may have had to reduce its weekly transmissions amid the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure that the soap remains on the air for as long as possible, but the nation has proven that — in spite of the reduced instalments — its still as beloved as it ever was, as last night’s episode received a momumental boost in the ratings department.

According to The Sun, last night’s visit to Walford attracted an average of 6.49 million viewers — with a peak of 9.32 million! — which is approximately three million more viewers than usual.

Whether it be the fact that viewers were made to go for much longer between the previous episode and last night’s offering, or the fact that the Government are instructing the public to stay home, EastEnders was seemingly a must-watch for fans.

However, it wasn’t the only soap to perform well, as Coronation Street’s first of two episodes received 6.43 million.

This news comes after production on EastEnders — as well as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks — was halted with immediate effect amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from a BBC spokesperson said: ‘In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice. The decision was made after the latest government update.

‘We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England. We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two, so that we can ensure the audience can continue to enjoy EastEnders in their homes for as long as possible.’


It’s been quite the year for the BBC serial drama thus far — which has excelled under the leadership of Kate Oates and Jon Sen — as it celebrated its 35th anniversary back in February with a spectacular week, as the residents of Albert Square celebrated on board a party boat on the Thames.

EastEnders continues Tuesday 24 January at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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