Only 67,700 viewers (0.33% of the total audience) watched the BBC4 broadcast of Anna Nicole on Friday night. The introductory documentary, Fallen Women, fared little better with just 69,600.
well I recorded it and watched it on Saturday does that count ?
To be honest I think it would have to have been broadcast far nearer the time to have any carry over from the live show
a mac |
28 March 2011 at 04:25 PM
What's the typical audience for a BBC opera broadcast?
FWIW I downloaded a copy but I could only take about 30 minutes of it. What I really dislike about it was that it seemed rooted in that smug British sense of superiority over the vulgar Americans. I did watch the Pappano doco and I thought Turnage and Thomas oozed self satisfaction.
28 March 2011 at 06:01 PM
That's probably still an all time high for BBC4, no?
It wasn't live anyway, so watching it on Friday, or later on iPlayer or recorded, makes little difference.
28 March 2011 at 06:27 PM
I recorded it but still haven't watched it - does that count???
28 March 2011 at 07:58 PM
Nice to have this statistic, but I don't really see the point in knowing this. It doesn't tell me anything about the quality of the opera itself, the fact that there aren't too many people watching it. I thought it was great. Enjoyed it very much. I saw it on BBC 4 from the Netherlands. I suppose I'm not amongst the 67.700 viewers then.
Rob V. |
28 March 2011 at 08:00 PM
I quite enjoyed it too but I was expecting to feel a little more sympathy, especially following that documentary. Anna Nicole waking up next to her dead son was commented on but I thought could have hit home stronger. It could have been scheduled sooner too while the production was still sailing on publicity. Similarly, I think the ROH has missed a trick and possible funds by the delay of "Adriana Lecouvreur": some people want to know what they're missing to join in the conversation; five months later it hardly matters.
"Fallen Women" seemed a bit rushed and really an extensive trailer for "Anna Nicole". Clips featured from "La Boheme" but nothing was said about it. It seemed more like an argument was made around the clips available rather than finding clips that illustrated the argument.
As a side note, and those who do not wish to read vulgarity should look away now, why did the "Anna Nicole" subtitler censor f*** and c***alicious, despite them being very clearly enunciated, but not censor the graphic spunk, faggot-assed or cumbucket? Was this how it was done in the house?
29 March 2011 at 12:30 AM
Opera has always been statistically a non-starter on TV. Tippet's "New Year" from Glyndebourne on ITV - the only commercial channel at the time - turned out to have an audience so small that it was unmeasurable. More rang the switchboard to complain about the affront to proletarian sensibilities such programming constituted than actually watched it. The Sun was incandescent with wot no tits? prole outrage.
Even so, the 68,000 who watched Anna Nicole is still at least five times as many as managed to squeeze into the sold-out ROH for the work's entire run. And to keep things in perspective, less than 250,000 turn out for the Met's relays worldwide, and they're considered a triumph.
And to pick up on John's point, the last time I went to it, I ran into two particularly charming middle-aged Americans who told me that they felt the whole experience was profoundly and to them offensively anti-American in its tone. What if the Met staged Peter Grimes in a like spirit of lip-smacking Brit-bashing? Hmmmmm.
29 March 2011 at 02:21 AM
Sadly, the article is behind a paywall, so I have no way of knowing how 70k compares with a typical audience in that time slot. Does 100% of the total audience usually tune in then?
I would have watched, but I'm in good old vulgar America, where video from your hemisphere does not usually stream.
29 March 2011 at 02:59 AM
It was broadcast on 3 occasions the last (11pm 28/3/11) being after the article appears to have been written. Presumably therefore the 70,000 figure relates only to the first screening.
Paul King |
29 March 2011 at 01:03 PM
Sorry John and SJT but having rewatched this opera after seeing it live I still fail to see how it is more anti American then My fair Lady, Mary Poppins or any of the English villains in hollywood are anti British. Perhaps your friends need to get out more?
30 March 2011 at 11:17 PM
Its a fairly niche subject, I'm not surprised that it got such low figures
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