Jed Mercurio Shares Real Reason Some Line Of Duty Viewers Hated Series Six Finale


Jed Mercurio has shared the real reason people didn't like the finale of Line of Duty season six.

The creator of the BBC One police drama has claimed people wanted "more thrills and action" - but it "wasn't possible".

Jed replied to one critic saying: "Thanks for your view, Katie. It's interesting how many of the people most critical of the finale were wanting more thrills and action. This is the problem with attempting to satisfy all viewers' expectations. It's just not possible, I'm afraid. Thanks very much for watching."

He then detailed the divided response to the finale, saying: "1. No one disputes the Line of Duty finale divided social media opinion but the audience research so far shows a far less extreme picture. We knew a "down" ending would rate less favourably with some viewers, however all 7 episodes varied by under 10% on average viewer score ...

"2. The research determines the episode ratings based on randomly polling viewers, rather than sites like imdb where scores can be skewed by users strongly motivated to register their immediate anger/adulation …

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"3. 1000 random viewers submitted scores from 1-10 which have been used to calculate the Appreciation Index (AI) as a score out of 100. The AI for the “down” finale was only 7 points below the next lowest in Season 6 (Ep 1) …"

He added: "4/4 These figures won’t stop the debate, of course, nor should they - that’s still all part of the experience of shared TV viewing. Thanks again for watching."

He later continued: " Social media is actually one of the weakest indicators of programme performance because it tends to skew toward extremes. You've got to remember you're dealing with opinions getting 100s or occasionally 1000s of likes/retweets re an audience of +10 million.

"The reaction appears mainly to be because it was a "down" ending. The stats show that for such apparently widespread dissatisfaction expressed on social media the true effect was marginal - a shift from scoring 9/10 to 8/10."

He then wrote: "Some clarification on specific numbers has been requested. I'm not permitted to disclose the AI figures, however for LoD they are in the top tier of the range for BBC1 drama, including for the finale, and over 50% of those polled rated the finale as either 9/10 or 10/10."

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