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EastEnders ratings ‘hit new low at 2.9m’

EastEnders ratings ‘hit new low at 2.9m as soap is beaten by quiz show and traffic cop documentary’

  • According to The Sun, a peak of 2.9 million people tuned in to Monday’s episode of the BBC soap while Only Connect on BBC2 drew 3.1million
  • Meanwhile, ITV’s Beyond the Line: North Wales Traffic Cops drew an audience of 3million at the same time
  • An insider said: ‘This is further proof that EastEnders doesn’t have the same pulling power it once had’
  • MailOnline has contacted a representive of EastEnders for comment 


EastEnders reportedly hit a new low in the ratings after it was beaten by a quiz show and a documentary about traffic police.

According to The Sun, a peak of 2.9 million people tuned in to Monday’s episode of the BBC soap while Only Connect on BBC2 drew 3.1 million.

Meanwhile, ITV’s Beyond the Line: North Wales Traffic Cops drew an audience of 3 million at the same time.

Dip: EastEnders reportedly hit a new low in the ratings after it was beaten by a quiz show and a documentary about traffic police

An insider said: ‘This is further proof that EastEnders doesn’t have the same pulling power it once had.

‘The same night, Emmerdale and Coronation Street enjoyed viewing figures that were more than 50 per cent higher. It’s an embarrassing situation.’

Only Connect sees contestants compete in teams to find connections between seemingly unrelated clues.

The BBC’s Media and Arts Correspondent David Sillito took to Twitter to point out the quiz show beat the soap.

Ratings: According to The Sun, a peak of 2.9 million people tuned in to Monday's episode of the BBC soap while Only Connect on BBC2 drew 3.1 million

Ratings: According to The Sun, a peak of 2.9 million people tuned in to Monday’s episode of the BBC soap while Only Connect on BBC2 drew 3.1 million

He wrote: ‘I’m sure I’m not the first to spot it but on Monday evening ‘Only Connect’ was Britain’s most watched TV programme in its timeslot. 

‘@VictoriaCoren and chums even beat Eastenders. This is almost more exciting than the third place play-off.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives of EastEnders for comment.   

Ratings winner: Only Connect sees contestants compete in teams to find connections between seemingly unrelated clues (presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell pictured)

Ratings winner: Only Connect sees contestants compete in teams to find connections between seemingly unrelated clues (presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell pictured)

Viewers: The BBC's Media and Arts Correspondent David Sillito took to Twitter to point out the quiz show beat the soap

Viewers: The BBC’s Media and Arts Correspondent David Sillito took to Twitter to point out the quiz show beat the soap

It comes after EastEnders star Louisa Lytton spoke out on battling coronavirus soon after giving birth to her first child last month.

The actress, 32, who plays Ruby Allen on the BBC soap, welcomed daughter Aura with her fiancé Ben Bhanvra in September- but the couple both contracted coronavirus soon after the arrival of their newborn.

Louisa explained during an appearance on Loose Women on Thursday: ‘It was difficult because I had a long labour which resulted in an emergency C-section and just as we were finding our feet, we then both got Covid.

‘So it’s not been the best start, but she’s been fine throughout, so that’s all we can ask for really.’

Interview: It comes after EastEnders star Louisa Lytton spoke out on battling coronavirus soon after giving birth to her first child last month

Interview: It comes after EastEnders star Louisa Lytton spoke out on battling coronavirus soon after giving birth to her first child last month 

The star went on to explain she tried her best to prepare herself for parenthood but admitted she felt there was nothing that could ready her for becoming a mother. 

She said: ‘I just don’t think anything prepares you. I read every book, I spoke to every friend and she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us, but it is tough.’

Louisa is currently taking time out from EastEnders after giving birth, but says she’d happily return to the show in the future, and may even let Aura star as her on-screen child.

‘Yeah I could,’ she said. ‘Definitely, if I go back, it’ll be with a child, whether she wants to be part of it, who knows.’

New parents: The star, who plays Ruby Allen on the BBC soap, welcomed her daughter with her fiancé Ben Bhanvra but they both contracted coronavirus soon after the birth

New parents: The star, who plays Ruby Allen on the BBC soap, welcomed her daughter with her fiancé Ben Bhanvra but they both contracted coronavirus soon after the birth

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