Thursday, September 01, 2005

Flannelled Fools and Foolish Flannel

For the umpteenth time this week, I heard a bloke say on the radio this morning that 'the entire country' had been excited about some recent cricket match.
The evidence we keep being given for this is the astonishing fact that 8 million people were watching it on television.
Well yes, it is pretty amazing that 8 million people would ever tune in to cricket.
But surely that means that around 52 million people were not watching it?
So where does the 'entire country' come into it?

For comparison, Eastenders, which has been floundering recently, pulled in an audience of over 10 million this Monday.
If the media exaggerated the level of interest in politics to the extent that they exaggerate the interest in sport, people would say they had taken leave of their senses.
You may recall that ITV1 came badly unstuck when they tried to capitalise on the nation's supposed obsession with football and put it on at 7pm on Saturday evenings, only to pull it within a few weeks. What the people wanted at 7pm on Saturday was Ant and Dec or Pop Idol.
Yeah! Good call, people!
They're not always wrong, you know

7 Comments:

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Urban Chick said...

ant'n'dec OR david beckham?

ant'n'dec' OR david owen?

ant'n'dec OR wayne rooney?

yep, ant'n'dec it is every time (who cares that i still don't know which is which...)

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger zaphod said...

The thing is Mr Lupin is that the cricket is on during the day when loads of people are at work. It is finished by half six anyway.

Me and Mrs Zaphod watxhed it all, more or less.

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

My Little Chickadee (- WC Fields, not me being over-familiar), David Owen was a striker for the SDP and is now Lord Owen. I think you meant Michael Owen.
David Beckham once appeared on Ant and Dec's show, which proves you can have your cake and eat it.
And re Ant and Dec, it's very simple. Dec always stands on the viewer's right and is the shorter of the two, the Ernie Wise to Ant's Eric Morecambe.

zaphod, in that case, how many of the 8 million were actually watching it, apart from your goodselves, and not asleep or doing the dusting or knitting a cable stitch pullover?

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Urban Chick said...

oh flamin' 'eck

i've been cruelly outed: know sweet FA about footie but brain has been bizarrely infiltrated with the names of former politicians

not exactly cool

no worries re the chickadee reference - it's my URL as it happens and what my dear sweet mamma called me as a child

all that said, i'd also always prefer A&D to mr owen, who i've always felt has sth of a draculian look about him

 
At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dracula? I don't see any resemblance. But Mr. Owen IS known for his predatory instincts.

Perhaps I am mixing up the Owens too.

Hey, I wonder if Newcastle signed the right one?

 
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