The Coronation Street tram crash may seem like a morbid way to celebrate 50 years of the country’s longest running soap but if viewing figures are any measure of success, which they definitely are in the soap wars, then the ploy worked perfectly. Whether you think the GBP1m effects were shaky or shockingly fantastic the scenes helped Coronation Street draw in some of the biggest crowds it has ever seen with the second episode of the double bill managing a 50% share of TV viewers.
The first episode attracted an average 11.6m people with a peak of 12.8m while the second episode managed an average of 12.9m and a peak of 14.6m viewers.
The double bill marked the start of the week long 50th anniversary celebrations which have been plugged for quite some time now. Recent episodes have seen lead roles complaining about the noise of the trams while the episodes have been dubbed as “Four Funerals And A Wedding”.
A special one off episode on Thursday, which marks the 50th anniversary, is filmed and aired live and there will be one much loved character that will be confirmed as dead during the show.
Betting on bunny boiler Charlotte has been suspended although there’s been no confirmation of her death after being hit by John Stape with a hammer. Molly and Ashley are favourites to die but Jason and Simon, Nick and Peter are all in obvious danger. Sunita is also a good bet while little has been seen or heard of Rita since the accident.