Oprah interview with Meghan and Harry most watched on NI TV show 2021

Oprah Winfrey’s explosive interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was the most watched TV show in Northern Ireland last year with over half a million viewers.

According to data from Ofcom, 531,000 people in the region spied on Meghan and Harry last March when they made a series of allegations against the royal family.

The couple accused a family member – neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh – of making racist comments about their son Archie.

The Duchess – the first multiracial member of the modern monarchy – said another member of the royal family was concerned about how dark Archie’s skin color might have been before he was born.


Harry and Meghan talk to Oprah Winfrey (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions/PA)

Meghan said she had once contemplated suicide but her approach to the monarchy for help was rejected.

The latest Ofcom Media Nations Northern Ireland report shows that Line Of Duty and Bloodlands, both filmed in Northern Ireland, are the second and third most watched shows in the region.

Each TV series attracts more than half a million viewers.

Local news programs UTV Live and BBC Newsline also feature in the list of most watched programmes.

The data revealed that young people in the region watched eight times less scheduled TV than those 55 and older, as a generation gap in media habits hit a record.

16-24 year olds spent an average of 40 minutes in front of a broadcast TV every day last year – down by three-quarters over the past decade.

People over 54 still spend about a third of their waking day enjoying broadcast television, sitting down for five and a half hours a day.

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Vicky McClure and Martin Compston on the set of Line Of Duty in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Overall, people in Northern Ireland spent an average of 3 hours and 1 minute watching TV on TV last year, down 12 minutes from the previous year.

Ofcom said the changes in young people’s viewing habits reflect the popularity of US-based on-demand streaming services.

About 70% of homes now have a paid service, but after years of strong growth in video-on-demand (SVoD) subscriptions, growth is starting to slow.

The figure was 70% in the first three months of this year, compared with 68% in the last three months of last year.

The market is still dominated by US-based streamers – Netflix remains the most popular SVoD service in the region, followed by Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

The report also shows that free video-on-demand (BVoD) services from UK-based broadcasters are hugely popular, accounting for four of the five most popular free-to-watch platforms for watching TV shows. shows, movies and other videos.

BBC iPlayer comes out on top with 73%, followed by ITV Hub/STV Player (56%), All4 (39%) and My5 (27%).

Broadcast television is still the place to stay up to date with news, major events, and local dramasJonathan Rose

Ofcom’s director for Northern Ireland Jonathan Rose said: “The generation gap in viewing habits is widening with young people rarely sitting down to watch TV the way older people do.

“Traditional broadcasters face stiff competition from streaming platforms, which they are experiencing in part through the popularity of their own on-demand streaming apps, while Broadcast television is still the place to go for news, major events, and local dramas.”

Social video platforms are also competing for watch time and are especially popular among younger age groups.

Northern Ireland Internet users aged 15 and over spent an average of 21 minutes a day on TikTok and 39 minutes a day on Facebook and Messenger in March.

About half of adults in Northern Ireland use BBC One and UTV for general news.

Other TV channels in the top 10 include Sky News Channel, Channel 4 and BBC News Channel.

Social media ranks highly, with Facebook being the third most popular news source (34%).

The report also found that people in Northern Ireland were more likely to use radio for news coverage than in England, Scotland and Wales. Local radio continues to outperform national stations, accounting for 58% of listeners – the highest of the UK’s four countries.

Radio also benefited from an increase in smart speaker ownership, with 6% listening.

Among those aged 16 and over in Northern Ireland, 49 per cent said they have a smart speaker in their home, significantly higher than the UK as a whole (39 per cent).

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