Britain’s Got Talent Loses 2 Million Viewers in Just One Week

Britain’s Got Talent lost 2 million viewers it’s second week of the 2014 season. Fans complained that the show felt ‘scripted’ and they want what they feel is a real competition. They feel the show is too predictable and that acts of lesser quality are criticized too much.


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Britain’s Got Talent lost more than two million viewers in its second week as fans complained the show seemed ‘scripted’ and ‘predictable’.

Now in its eighth series, the ITV programme got off to a strong start this month when its first episode attracted a record audience of 10.5million viewers.

The figure – which climbed to more than 11million when viewers of the ITV+1 service were counted – was the highest ever for an opening show and the biggest rating of any TV show this year.

But on Saturday, the number of viewers dropped dramatically to just 8.3million. While it was still the most watched show of the evening, with 45 per cent of all TV viewers, the figure was a drop of 2.3million in just a week.

Some viewers said they were bored by the format despite producers’ efforts to make the show more exciting this year.

For the first time, judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon are each allowed to send one act directly to the semi-finals by pressing a special ‘golden buzzer’.

But it did not stop many fans from complaining the programme seemed less spontaneous than in past years.

Writing on Twitter, one viewer, Alec Morgan, said: ‘I have decided that BGT is a load of scripted rubbish.’ 

Another, Jamie Ide, said: ‘BGT is so scripted, Simon has gone round YouTube seen some acts and paid them to come on.’


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Britian’s Got Talent has’trouble’ retaining viewers, who feel the show is ‘scripted.’ What people want is a real competition. Simon Cowell and company will have to figure out how to deal with the fall-off.