UKTV breaks more records
Announcing its annual results for 2015, the company, a joint venture between BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and Scripps Networks Interactive, said that revenues had risen to £319m. Operating profits in 2015 increased to a record £79.6m, up from £72.3m in 2014.
2015's ratings show that UKTV delivered a viewing share of 5.26%, up from 5.07% in 2014. The company's Share of Commercial Impacts (SOCI) measurement, beloved of TV executives, increased to 9.31%, putting it ahead of Channel 5's group of channels (9.27%).
Storage Hunters UK Celebrity Special on Dave became the most-watched show on UKTV in 2015 with 989,000 viewers.
UKTV has recently moved to expand its reach, setting itself up for improved figures for the 2016 accounting period: At the end of 2015, UKTV made three of its channels - Drama, Really and Yesterday - available on Freesat. Then in March 2016, it moved Home to Freeview. The company now offers five free channels and five pay TV channels, including the newly rebranded "W", the former Watch channel, which nabbed the popular same-day EastEnders repeat from BBC Three in February.