Found 29th Sep 2008
1) How do they work out viewing figures, ie; Eastenders 18 million viewers. How can this be accurate?
2) When a live audience is in a studio, how do they film outdoors and still have the audience laughing?
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umm 2=sound effects?

isn't number 2 known as canned laughter?

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onlyme23;3080046

umm 2=sound effects?



bellabonkers;3080051

isn't number 2 known as canned laughter?



yes, I have heard of that but I just wondered if the audience were watching a big screen or something:oops:

Regarding no.1:

I've always wondered if they can tell by the signals 'performance' how much use the transmission is getting, i.e. the people 'leeching' the transmission at any one specific time.

how can they judge the nation on a small poll of what they watched the night before? - that's one explanation I've heard before.

1. They have a sample audience of, say, 100 Eastenders fans. If 30% of them watch then they gross it up to the UK population and say 18 million were watching. :roll:

Either that or they know that 30% of the population is brain dead?

regarding no.2

the outside scenes are shot first, then at the same time the live studio stuff is done they show the recorded bits to the invited audience - obviously recording the audiences' laughter track. Then they just edit it all together.

1) Every night of the year, in every city & town in the UK there are a team from the BBC etc that go around on mopeds & sometimes buses (disguised as pizza delivery boys & er... bus passengers) & peep through peoples windows to see which prog on which channel they are watching. It is accurate because they are all given calculators. Easy really Skusey ;-)
2) When the camera goes outside the building the audience are asked to laugh louder of course.
Anything else you want to know ?

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snowtiger;3080114

1) Every night of the year, in every city & town in the UK there are a … 1) Every night of the year, in every city & town in the UK there are a team from the BBC etc that go around on mopeds & sometimes buses (disguised as pizza delivery boys & er... bus passengers) & peep through peoples windows to see which prog on which channel they are watching. It is accurate because they are all given calculators. Easy really Skusey ;-)2) When the camera goes outside the building the audience are asked to laugh louder of course. :pAnything else you want to know ?



No, you have cleared it up, cheers:?

snowtiger;3080114

1) Every night of the year, in every city & town in the UK there are a … 1) Every night of the year, in every city & town in the UK there are a team from the BBC etc that go around on mopeds & sometimes buses (disguised as pizza delivery boys & er... bus passengers) & peep through peoples windows to see which prog on which channel they are watching. It is accurate because they are all given calculators. Easy really Skusey ;-)2) When the camera goes outside the building the audience are asked to laugh louder of course. :pAnything else you want to know ?




That made me laugh :thumbsup:

Is number one not something to do with the power surge when they finish - I think I might have that totally wrong :oops:

The answer to the 1st is using a questionnaire on sample groups, they then just scale the numbers up to the number of people who own tvs etc.

A panel of people have a 'black box' connected to their tv. This logs and sends the info whenever the tv is on.

This way they know if peoplrwatched the whole programme or just the start

As previously stated this percentage is then multiplied pro rata to the population.

are you joking?

you didnt know?

they have a camera fitted on the inside of every single tv in shops, so they know exactly what your doing

tony_s1;3080097

1. They have a sample audience of, say, 100 Eastenders fans. If 30% of … 1. They have a sample audience of, say, 100 Eastenders fans. If 30% of them watch then they gross it up to the UK population and say 18 million were watching. :roll:



yeh its similar to that

abit unrealistic if you ask me though

snowtiger;3080114

1) Every night of the year, in every city & town in the UK there are a … 1) Every night of the year, in every city & town in the UK there are a team from the BBC etc that go around on mopeds & sometimes buses (disguised as pizza delivery boys & er... bus passengers) & peep through peoples windows to see which prog on which channel they are watching. It is accurate because they are all given calculators. Easy really Skusey ;-)2) When the camera goes outside the building the audience are asked to laugh louder of course. :pAnything else you want to know ?



1. our spy is the curry delivery man. i know he is also a taxi driver
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