Viewing Figures, original series Crossroads   was   never   networked   during   its   original   run.   It   was   sold   to   each   Independent   Television   region   separately   for   its entire   run.   This   saw   the   show   airing   at   varying   times   across   the   UK   and   on   different   days.   On   the   rare   occasion   Crossroads was   networked,   due   to   special   events   or   sport,   its   ratings   boosted   up   to   18   million   onwards   .   This   proved   had   the   serial   been networked   it   would   have   been   regularly   even   more   prominent   in   the   IBA   ratings   of   the   seventies   and   eighties;   as   Jane Rossington   noted   in   1983   " If   we   were   shown   at   7pm   networked   every   night   of   the   week   we'd   always   be   top   of   the   IBA ratings." Despite   being   shown   from   as   early   as   3.50pm   on   Granada   to   5.15   on   HTV   and   6.00   on   Anglia   to   6.30   on   ATV   the   show   still managed   to,   for   a   daytime   soap,   pull   in   often   prime   time   ratings.   It   is,   to   date,   Independent   Television’s   most   successful daytime series in the history of the network. Most   IBA   companies   picked   up   Crossroads   in   early   1965,   as   reported   by   the   Birmingham   Evening   Mail   at   the   time:   "Cheers! We've   made   it!   The   Crossroads   cast   toast   -   in   coffee   -   to   the   network   recognition   of   the   the      six-week   old   series.   The   first   50 editions   of   Crossroads   have   only   been   shown   in   a   handful   of   regions,   but   the   astonishing   success   of   the   first   few   episodes have lead to other regions booking the show." When   the   serial   aired   four-days-a-week   some   regions   would   show   Crossroads   Monday   to   Thursdays,   others   Tuesday   to   Friday   and   quite   often   varying combinations   depending   on   the   regional   station’s   choice   of   days   and   time.   In   the   1960s,   it   is   noted   that,   despite   not   being   networked,   the   soap averaged around eight million per episode. Pictured   above   left   is   the   TV   Top   Eight   for   the   Westward   Television   region   in   July   1966. At   number   three   in   their   ratings was   Crossroads.   Pictured   right:   The   stateside   publication   TVWorld   notes   Crossroads   is   in   the   top   fifteen   British   shows   of June 1978. In   1971   -   still   not   shown   in   every   region   -   Crossroads   was   rating   at   the   eleven   million   figure.   From   1972   onwards, with   all   regions   screening   the   show,   Crossroads   would   feature   in   the   top   twenty   pretty   much   for   all   of   its   run,   and was   often   in   the   top   ten   of   the   IBA   ‘Independent   Television’   national   ratings. Also   within   the   'UK   Ratings'   (the   ITV and BBC programme viewing figures combined) Crossroads was a regular in the top twenty. The   IBA   were   horrified   that   Crossroads   was   rating   so   highly,   commenting   it   was   " distressingly   popular"    -   these people supposedly there to look after viewer interests - yet do entirely the opposite! The   ratings   archive   for   the   50s,   60s   and   70s   IBA   was   destroyed   some   years   ago.   So   the   most   accurate   figures   are   those   held   in   the   archive   Broadcast magazines   released   at   the   time,   however   we   only   have   a   handful   of   these   which   we   will   list   separately   to   the   figures   compiled   by   Central   Television in 1992 from their own archive IBA ratings guides.
Ratings Guide
 © Crossroads Fan Club 2018: With thanks to Darren Gray and Ben Oakley for additional material.
A     collection     of     viewing figures   from   Television   Mail and Broadcast publications.
The   ratings   for   the   1970s   as noted    by    the    Central    TV archive.
The   viewing   figures   for   the 1980s   from   the   Central   TV archive.