BBC News viewers reached quarterly in the United Kingdom (UK) Q1 2012-Q2 2019

The BBC News TV channel has seen a decline in reach over recent years in the United Kingdom. In the second quarter of 2019, there were just over 18 million viewers. Five years previously, the number of viewers stood at 25 million.

Number one for news?

According to a 2019 survey, a quarter of adults in England use the BBC News channel for news. However, it’s not the most commonly used news source. BBC One was used by 58 percent of respondents, and 38 percent used ITV. The third most used news source in England in 2019 was the social media service Facebook. 

What about the most popular TV channel generally?

The most popular television channel in the UK, as of September 2019, was Channel 4 with a 77 percent positivity rating. The second most popular channel was BBC One with 76 percent, and then ITV came in third with 70 percent.

Quarterly reach of BBC News in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1st quarter 2012 to 2nd quarter 2019

Viewers in thousands
Q2 201918,044
Q1 201918,858
Q4 201818,023
Q3 201816,914
Q2 201817,052
Q1 201819,104
Q4 201720,164
Q3 201720,186
Q2 201722,251
Q1 201721,458
Q4 201621,335
Q3 201621,451
Q2 201622,500
Q1 201620,743
Q4 201525,590
Q3 201520,829
Q2 201521,890
Q1 201522,965
Q4 201421,747
Q3 201422,454
Q2 201422,211
Q1 201425,085
Q4 201324,102
Q3 201323,640
Q2 201325,072
Q1 201325,825
Q4 201226,710
Q3 201224,758
Q2 2012 24,497
Q1 201225,228
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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Q1 2012 to Q2 2019

Age group


Supplementary notes

Data previous to Q2 2019 published earlier by the source.

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