Coronation Street is voted Scotland’s favourite TV show

A couple enjoy watching Coronation Street, Scotland's favourite TV show, according to research by Freeview to celebrate its 15th anniversary

CORONATION STREET has been voted Scotland’s favourite TV show in a survey of the nation’s viewing habits.

The ITV soap beat local competition from BBC Scotland’s River City with 26% of the overall vote, compared to the Shieldinch drama’s 25%.

Even in Glasgow, where River City is set, Corrie comes out on top.

Only Dundee, Edinburgh and Stirling voted River City number one, with Aberdonians tending to be EastEnders fans (22%) and people from Inverness preferring Emmerdale (52%).

The survey also revealed our beverage of choice when settling down in front of the telly is, unsurprisingly, Irn Bru, and while the rest of the UK grabs a beer as their TV night tipple of choice, Scots voted a glass of red wine as the perfect accompaniment.

Drama and comedy topped Scotland’s polls for favourite genres, while quiz, cookery and reality TV came bottom.

Freeview, which commissioned the study to celebrate its 15th anniversary, also revealed what makes a Scot’s perfect night in front of the TV:

  • Watching a drama
  • In a onesie
  • With their partner (whereas most Brits like to be alone)
  • Eating a Chinese take away
  • Drinking Irn Bru or Red Wine
  • On a Saturday

Guy North, MD of Freeview said: “We wanted to celebrate providing 15 years of free television by uncovering the nation’s TV habits.

“It was surprising to see Corrie pip local drama River City to the post as Scotland’s favourite TV show, but with 57 years under its belt, those cobbles are tough competition.”

Other interesting findings include: 

  • Women ‘own’ the remote in every region except the East of England (where men decide what to watch)
  • Chinese is the nation’s favourite TV take away
  • Drama is the most popular genre
  • 61% of us have made a major life decision inspired by a TV show
  • 27% have taken up a hobby (e.g. baking after watching Bake Off)
  • 57% say catch up and on demand TV services have improved their lives