TV since 1981

2014

January
Sherlock's resurrection in The Empty Hearse attracts 12.72 million viewers and the breaks record for most timeshifted programme of all time with 5.88 million watching it recorded or via catch-up.
Ant & Dec receives the Landmark Award at the National Television Awards.
IPA launches first interactive advertising guideline based on the 1987 model for TV advertising.
February
Study from Thinkbox shows that in 2013 98.5% of viewing was watched on a TV set.
Amazon rebrands Lovefilm as Prime Instant Video.
ITV broadcasts an entire ad break with every advert recreated in Lego as promotion for The Lego Movie.
March
Plans announced to cease broadcasting BBC Three on TV and make it an online channel.
Channel 4's Live from Space is the first series to be broadcast live from space.
BBC Two celebrates 50th anniversary.
April
11.84 million tune in to Britain's Got Talent.
May
Study by Ebiquity for Thinkbox shows TV remains the most effective medium on which to advertise.
Channel 4 in partnership with Google Play broadcast a live performance of Sam Smith for an entire ad break.
Julie Walters receives Fellowship Award at the Television in 2014: BAFTA Awards.
June
14.7 million watch England v Italy and 13.87 million watch England v Uruguay in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
July
Germany's 7-1 victory over Brazil is watched by 13.49 million.
The World Cup Final is most watched programme of 2014 with 14.96 million watching Germany win 1-0 against Argentina.
BARB trials a tablet peoplemeter with IPSOS Mori.
August
Commonwealth Games 2014 held in Glasgow from 23rd July - 3rd August.
September
BARB officially deploys measurement technique for TV viewing on iPad and Android tablets.
Referendum held on Scottish Independence.
October
The Great British Bake-Off becomes most watched non-sports related show of 2014 with 13.51 million viewers.
Kantar releases first UK Twitter TV ratings.
November
BARB announces plans to combine contracts for conducting Establishment Survey and recruiting panel homes.
December
11.67 million watch the Strictly Come Dancing Final.
Mrs Brown's Boys is the most watched programme on Christmas Day with over 9 million viewers.
New Year's Eve Fireworks watched on TV by 12.5 million.