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post Jan 24 2022, 11:28 AM
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As rumoured on other forums, ITV has now confirmed a new regular schedule for its weekday peak time slots:

6:00pm Regional News
6:30pm ITV Evening News (new hour-long format)
7:30pm Emmerdale (all weekdays)
8:00pm Coronation Street (hour-long on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

https://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-relea...mme-march-2022#

It also means ITV will now have drastically fewer pre-9pm slots for any programming other than soaps. Of course, this leaves the BBC in a tricky position about where to place EastEnders since it would clash 4 days a week under the revised schedule with either Emmerdale or Coronation Street.

Maybe the BBC will switch EastEnders and The One Show perhaps with EE at 7pm and The One Show at 7:30pm?
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post Jan 24 2022, 03:17 PM
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I doubt the BBC will even think to move EastEnders, they gave up on it a long time ago. It will no doubt push them further down the ratings though.

Ideally, they would have EastEnders at 7pm on each day it airs and move The One Show to 7.30pm.
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post Jan 24 2022, 04:00 PM
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i'm honestly surprised they hadn't cut corrie to 30mins.
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post Jan 24 2022, 04:07 PM
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I actually prefer hour long episodes of Corrie.
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post Jan 24 2022, 06:35 PM
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hollyoaks the real winners here
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post Jan 24 2022, 06:38 PM
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QUOTE(Ho-Lee Smokes @ Jan 24 2022, 06:35 PM) *
hollyoaks the real winners here


They moving it to 7pm? That would be a shrewd move.


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post Jan 24 2022, 06:46 PM
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QUOTE(Chartfridays @ Jan 24 2022, 06:38 PM) *
They moving it to 7pm? That would be a shrewd move.


well e4 wont be up against emmerdale now Selena.png
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post Jan 24 2022, 06:48 PM
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QUOTE(cider man @ Jan 24 2022, 04:07 PM) *
I actually prefer hour long episodes of Corrie.


Screws things over for the one episode a day for 6 weeks crew though.
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post Jan 24 2022, 07:42 PM
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post Jan 24 2022, 09:18 PM
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They are coming for the death blow vs Eastenders sad.gif ITV have ALEAYS been very opportunistic, and now that Emmersale is truly the second biggest soap, they are coming to finish the job that Eastenders started on itself. Poor Eastenders sad.gif
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post Jan 24 2022, 09:22 PM
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I don't think its fair on fans of all the soaps putting them on the same time, i think the older generations who are still watching soaps are losing out as they may not have sky plus etc. or know how to watch on iplayer, catch up etc. For the likes of myself it makes no difference as i record what i want to watch out so i don't really miss out. I know Eastenders is suffering badly in the ratings but i think its doin well on iplayer, catch up etc.
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post Jan 25 2022, 09:29 AM
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This deffo marks and end to the gentleman's agreement.

I wonder if it might cause the BBC to be more ruthless in future.

A lot of people talking about moving EE to 7pm but could it work to put it on at two 9pm hour long slots post-Corrie or 8pm on Tues/Wed and focus on providing strong alternatives against the ITV soap block.

I suppose one think with making Corrie 3 x 1 hour is that it would make it easier to shift it to 9pm should it ever have a huge uptick in viewers or if they want to take it a slighter dark direction or forward to 7pm should viewing figures fall drastically.

A side consequence for that is episode numbers for Corrie won't be racking up as high as predicted as we're technically going to have 3 episodes a week instead of 6 even if it's the same amount of time

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post Jan 25 2022, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE(Chartfridays @ Jan 25 2022, 09:29 AM) *
A side consequence for that is episode numbers for Corrie won't be racking up as high as predicted as we're technically going to have 3 episodes a week instead of 6 even if it's the same amount of time

I imagine they will be two episodes stitched together and count separately.
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post Jan 25 2022, 05:21 PM
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^ when they do hour-long Corrie on occasion recently (e.g. many Fridays over the past year) they just have it as one long singular episode, so I expect they'll count as 3 episodes a week and not 6 based on that!

BBC could be more ruthless in the future but they don't really have a leg to stand on as long as EastEnders is the least popular soap of the three. A clash might cause both soaps to dip in viewers but EE is the one that doesn't have much wiggle room, they won't want to risk it losing any more viewers. I wouldn't be shocked if they move it to 7pm going forward, it'd be the sensible thing so EastEnders isn't damaged any further, with The One Show moving to 7:30?
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post Jan 25 2022, 06:10 PM
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QUOTE(The Kid JOSEPH @ Jan 25 2022, 05:21 PM) *
^ when they do hour-long Corrie on occasion recently (e.g. many Fridays over the past year) they just have it as one long singular episode, so I expect they'll count as 3 episodes a week and not 6 based on that!

Interesting! I don't think that's the case when EastEnders puts two episodes together. Presumably this will affect things like pay though? Don't they get paid by the episode?
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post Jan 25 2022, 06:52 PM
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QUOTE(Liam.k. @ Jan 25 2022, 06:10 PM) *
Interesting! I don't think that's the case when EastEnders puts two episodes together. Presumably this will affect things like pay though? Don't they get paid by the episode?


Most of them will be on annual salaries I think
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post Jan 25 2022, 08:47 PM
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QUOTE(Liam.k. @ Jan 24 2022, 03:17 PM) *
I doubt the BBC will even think to move EastEnders, they gave up on it a long time ago. It will no doubt push them further down the ratings though.

Ideally, they would have EastEnders at 7pm on each day it airs and move The One Show to 7.30pm.


Moving EastEnders to 7pm on Mondays-Thursdays would be sensible and, if anything, create stability of a regular timeslot out of the high rating Regional News on BBC One. It's unlikely to face regular soap clashes and avoid most big events on the other side, as well as minimising sport disruption since things like The FA Cup usually airs 7:30-10pm. Also a good chance to switch Friday to Wednesday since Friday episodes continue to underperform the rest of the week. The One Show is ultimately disposable, cheap factual that shouldn't be prioritised over EastEnders.

I'm not sure the BBC would get away with leaving EE up against the ITV soaps four times a week.

I guess the new ITV scheduling also leaves Tuesdays at 8pm as the only decent slot for Waterloo Road to avoid one of the ITV soaps, though, potentially without the benefit of an EastEnders lead-in if that does indeed switch to 7pm.
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post Jan 26 2022, 11:46 AM
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8pm jeez who wants to watch soaps that late?
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post Jan 26 2022, 01:45 PM
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QUOTE(spiceboy @ Jan 26 2022, 11:46 AM) *
8pm jeez who wants to watch soaps that late?


Corrie's been on at 8.30pm for coming up to two decades now? rolleyes.gif
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QUOTE(Chartfridays @ Jan 26 2022, 01:45 PM) *
Corrie's been on at 8.30pm for coming up to two decades now? rolleyes.gif



8:30 it can't have been that long since I've watched it surely!? blink.gif Thought it was on at 7:30. Then again I got bored to death of all the soaps just the same storylines repeated over and over with different families and all happening on one street laugh.gif
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