RHS Chelsea Flower Show BBC TV viewing figures peak at 3.14m

The 8pm BBC2 TV show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 22 May reached 3.14 viewers, beating the previous half hour on BBC1, which 3m watched, but numbers watching were below 2016's 3.74m peak.

James Basson's Chelsea 2016 M&G winning garden
James Basson's Chelsea 2016 M&G winning garden

Chelsea Flower Show filled 5 of the top 10 highest viewing figure slots on BBC2 during the week ending 28 May. There was only one BBC1 broadcast in the top 30 in the week, with six in the top 30 most watched on BBC2.

Tuesday 23 May's show attracted 2.98m, while Friday 26 May was watched by 2.24m. Wednesday 24 May had 2.06m viewers and Thursday 25 May had 1.83m. Saturday 27 May had 1.38m viewers.

In 2016, BBC1's Monday opening day Chelsea broadcast attracted 3.74m, with Friday's BBC1 broadcast having 3.53m viewers.

BBC2 broadcasts in 2016 from Chelsea, which were also presented by Sophie Raworth, Monty Don and Joe Swift had 1.19m to 3.06m viewers across 6 top 30 shows, according to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board (BARB).

In 2014, after Don replaced Alan Titchmarsh as presenter, top figures were 3.28m against 3.57m the previous year.

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