To celebrate the launch of BT TV’s new offering, BT claims to have cracked the code for the most unmissable TV episode.
According to the analysis of the top 50 most popular shows from the last decade, a large pinch of drama is a must for the perfect TV episode at 65 per cent. Yet it’s not drama that ensures a hit with viewers, the Unmissable TV Code is exactly
1. 65 per cent drama
2. 12 per cent shocks and surprises
3. Nine per cent comedy
4. Eight per cent action
5. Six per cent romance
More than half (59 per cent) of TV fans agree that drama is the component that makes a TV programme truly unmissable, while for 44 per cent, shocks and surprises are the most important.
The top 25 most popular episodes were analysed by TV expert Boyd Hilton, and experts at Bournemouth University’s Media School for their makeup of drama, comedy, shocks and surprises, action and romance. The findings reveal Sybil’s death in Downton Abbey’s season three, episode five was the episode closest to the ‘Unmissable TV Code’ with 78 per cent drama, seven per cent shocks and surprises, two per cent comedy, seven per cent action and six per cent romance.
Other winners were:
The most dramatic – The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary (Season five, episode one) – 98 per cent drama
The most shocking – Grey’s Anatomy: Sanctuary season six, episode 23 and Dexter: Seeing Red season one, episode 10 – both with 23 per cent shocks and surprises
The most action-packed – Desperate Housewives: Bang season three, episode seven – 33 per cent action
The most romantic – Sex and the City: An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux season six, episode 20 – 28 per cent romance
The most laughs – Modern Family: Hawaii season one, episode 23 – 74 per cent comedy