FEWER Brits watched New Yr’s Eve celebrations on the BBC than in 2019 – regardless of nearly all of the nation having no selection however to mark the event at dwelling.
10.8 million folks tuned in for the countdown to midnight and subsequent Covid-themed firework and drone display over London.
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US singer Alicia Keys, 39, failed to carry viewers’ consideration together with her set from Los AngelesCredit score: BBC
However that was 400,000 down on scores for New Yr’s Eve 2019 and a steep plunge from the 2018 peak of 13.3 million, as viewers shunned the Beeb’s lacklustre choices for Zoom festivities.
US singer Alicia Keys, 39, failed to carry viewers’ consideration together with her set from Los Angeles, with 3.8 million turning off throughout the first 5 minutes of the post-midnight portion of her live performance, growing to five.9 million throughout the first 10 minutes.
Against this, 2019 performer Craig David, 39, who this week was awarded an MBE within the New Yr’s Honours record, solely misplaced 1.8 million within the first 5 minutes of his present.
2018 performers Insanity peaked with 12 million viewers in comparison with Alicia’s 7 million and Craig’s 9.4 million.
Viewers slammed the Stateside diva’s reserving, with Kate Buchanan tweeting: “Why have we received American Alicia Keys taking part in the UK out of 2020 on the BBC?!?! A lot British expertise who may actually cheer us up tonight.”
Heather Dixon added: “The BBC letting Alicia Keys sing on NYE has bummed out earlier than the brand new 12 months even begins.”
Nonetheless, Jools Holland, 62, loved a scores increase for his twenty eighth Annual Hootenanny on BBC Two.
Against this to Alicia Keys, 2019 performer Craig David, 39, who this week was awarded an MBE within the New Yr’s Honours record, misplaced far fewer viewersCredit score: BBC
The present, which featured performances from Sir Tom Jones, 80, and Sure musician Rick Wakeman, 71, pulled in 1.1 million additional viewers for a median of 4.3 million.
Earlier within the evening, the BBC’s particular Massive New Yr’s In programme fronted by Paddy McGuinness, 47, scored 3.3 million viewers.
Over 300 drones had been used for this 12 months’s midnight spectacular, which took in landmarks together with The Shard, Tower Bridge and Wembley Stadium whereas paying tribute to NHS employees, Colonel Tom Moore, 100, and the Black Lives Matter motion.
Jools Holland, 62, loved a scores increase for his twenty eighth Annual Hootenanny on BBC TwoCredit score: Getty – Contributor
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