Big Brother final and Under the Dome bring ratings sunshine to Channel 5

The end of the road for the reality show and the beginning of a new drama starring Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris reap ratings rewards for commercial broadcaster

It may be in its fourteenth series in the UK (and its third on Channel 5), but it seems the punters still love a hearty dose of the general public doing nothing as quite literally millions flocked to Channel 5 last night to watch Sam Evans crowned BB champ.


The Big Brother finale, which was positioned either side of the UK premiere of  big-hitting US drama Under the Dome, attracted a whopping 2.1m viewers (9.5% share) between 9pm and 10pm, with 1.6m (14.5% share) tuning in again between 10:55pm and 11:35pm to find out the winner. 

The bumper numbers are up on last year’s final which only achieved 1.5m (6.9% share), and will give a boost to Channel 5 execs who’ll be hoping for even bigger things from the next series of CBB, which is due to land later this week. Rumoured contestants for that three-weeks of fun include (Big) Ron Atkinson… AND Charlotte from Geordie Shore!

C5 will also be encouraged by a good start to US imported drama Under the Dome, which sees Breaking Bad star Dean Norris swap policing for being a small-town dictator in a new mysterious thriller based on a Stephen King novel. 

The glossy drama opened on C5 with 2m viewers between 10pm and 10:55pm, a 11.8% share of everyone watching television at that time. Whether this will continue when it no longer sits between two slices of ratings-bait BB final bread remains to be seen.