Belfast Telegraph

14m viewers see Corrie tram crash

More than 14 million viewers tuned in to Coronation Street to see the heart-racing scenes as a tram crash brought devastation to the cobbles.

Half of the TV audience turned to ITV1 to watch the disaster at the climax of a nail-biting double bill, to kick off the soap's 50th anniversary week.

As the second of last night's shows reached its end, a massive explosion ripped through new bar The Joinery, causing a tram to plunge from the viaduct overhead. It destroyed Street landmarks The Kabin and the Corner Shop, leaving the lives of much-loved characters in peril.

The dramatic second episode pulled in an average audience of 12.9 million - the largest Weatherfield has drawn for five years.

And viewers peaked at 14.6 million - amounting to 50% of those watching TV at that time.

The earlier instalment of the soap attracted an average of 11.6 million viewers, peaking at 12.8 million.

ITV1 also broadcast the first ever episode of Coronation Street, which originally aired in 1960.

Last night 6.8 million people tuned in to watch the black-and-white instalment.

But contemporary television proved to be a bigger draw, with 8.6 million people preferring to watch EastEnders, being shown on the BBC One at the same time.

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