Uglybob wrote:evidence (b)
The tag "Lame Academy", which greeted the first version of BBC1's Fame Academy, looks certain to return after the midweek show bombed in the ratings.
The BBC's hopes of turning Fame Academy II into this summer's reality hit suffered a huge setback when just 3.2 million watched the 8pm-9pm show. The programme, during which the last few contestants were voted into the house, proved such a turn-off with viewers it attracted an audience share of just 15.5%, according to unofficial overnights. Fame Academy was beaten in the ratings by Channel 4's Location Location Location Revisited, which collected 3.7 million viewers and a 18.5% share between 8pm and 8.30pm, and trounced by the Bill on ITV1, which marshalled 7 million and a 34.2% share.
Look, you're being obsessed with figures. of COURSE the figures are broadly important but they're nowhere near the whole picture. We are afterall not part of commercial broadcasting and are able to do large projects like Fame Academy without the pressures of the audience figures as much as Channel 4 and ITV.
If the worst case scenario is that the figures are the same as last year then the BBC have made it clear they're content with that. They did after all bring back the series based on last year's figures so they could'nt have been the immense dissapointment that some people paint them out to be.
Fame Academy is rare. It's able to bring BBC1, BBC3, Children's BBC, BBCi and Radio 1 together into 1 big project. Plus, be able to produce and train some genuinely new talent - precisely what BBC's about - it is slightly bigger than than just the audience figures of 2 hour's worth of BBC1 TV.