If you’re new to the terminology—and I’ve been told
off before for being too obtuse—multi-channel refers to TV channels that are available to people watching more than just the five free terrestrial channels in the UK. So it includes Freeview (digital terrestrial), Freesat (free-to-air channels on satellite), Sky and cable.
Since Sky wrestled Lost from the hands of Channel 4, it’s been available only to satellite or cable subscribers with Sky One in their package. As I’ve commented previously, it’s bye bye lost from me. This is a much smaller potential audience than those who can catch Torchwood on BBC Three on Freeview, Cable, Sky as well as a handful on Freesat. Both are no doubt available on BitTorrent!
Last week’s figures:
- BBC3, Torchwood = 971,000 viewers (up from 958,000 the week before)
- Sky One, Lost = 863,000 viewers (down below 1 million for the first time this series)