Emmerdale and Coronation Street gain more viewers while EastEnders loses several stars.
Following a year in which the BBC soap lost several of its stars, EastEnders slipped below both Emmerdale and Coronation Street in viewing figures this Christmas.
Over the last year, EastEnders has lost a slew of stars, and the BBC soap’s ratings have fallen behind Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
Veteran EastEnder Adam Woodyatt took a break from the show in January 2021 to tour in the play Looking Good Dead, in which he co-starred with his former on-screen wife Laurie Brett.
Last year, Adam appeared on I’m A Celebrity!, where he revealed that he had not made a decision about his possible return to EastEnders.
According to The Mirror, he also stated that he would not be available until April 2022.
Maisie Smith, who has played Bianca’s sassy daughter Tiffany Butcher-Baker since she was six years old, announced her decision to leave in October.
Jake Wood’s final scenes as Max Branning aired in February 2021.
After 15 years in the role, the well-known actor decided to call it quits.
Mo Harris was played by Laila Morse from 2018 to 2021.
“I left in April,” she stated in an interview.
I’d go back for a one-off thing or a storyline that lasted a couple of weeks if they wanted me to, but I wouldn’t go back full-time.”
Davood Ghadami, who plays Kush Kazemi, also left the show in June.
For the past six years, he’s been a major player on EastEnders.
Clair Norris’ role as Bernadette Taylor was also confirmed in October after she stated that she needed to “take a break.”
Rose Ayling-Ellis, who plays Frankie Lewis, took a break from the show to star in Strictly Come Dancing, which she won, but she is set to return, according to the soap’s producers.
Danny Dyer has quit after being poached by Sky, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The actor, who has been playing Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter since 2013, has signed a deal for a new drama.
For quite some time, EastEnders has been struggling in the soap ratings war.
Despite the fact that it is a huge hit on iPlayer (with 57 million streams), the show’s viewership has plummeted.
An incredible 30.1 million viewers tuned in to see Dirty Den (played by Leslie Grantham) hand divorce papers to Angie Watts (Anita Dobson) on Christmas Eve in 1986.
However, only 2.9 million people watched the show this year, putting it in tenth place.
The news is summarized on Brinkwire.