This year’s New Year’s celebrations were like none other before as millions were told to stay home and avoid large gatherings by Boris Johnson in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. While this meant many people had to celebrate bringing in 2021 from within their own homes, the BBC still aired its annual New Year’s Eve countdown, complete with a fireworks display and a performance from singer Alicia Keys.
However, despite the fact millions were forced to the confines of their own houses, the BBC suffered dwindling ratings for its New Year’s celebrations compared to 2019.
In figures obtained by The Sun Online, this year’s countdown managed to bring in 10.8 million viewers.
However, this was hundreds of thousands fewer than the number who tuned in to watch 2019’s celebrations which raked in 11.2 million.
2019 and 2020 saw the BBC’s New Year’s celebrations continue to follow the trend of dwindling ratings as 2018 had peaked at 13.3 million people.
“You couldn’t just have a nice fireworks display, it had to be political, virtue signalling, woke, Neo Marxist nonsense,” one furious viewer said on Twitter.
“Putting that aside for £1.5 million of tax payers money @SadiqKhan @BorisJohnson I think we were robbed, it really was lacklustre.”
A second echoed: “I remember a time when a firework display was just a firework display and not a party political broadcast on behalf of the BLM party endorsed by the Mayor of London and the BBC.”
While a third added to the debate: “Well the BBC and City of London clearly pushed a f**k ton of left-wing political activism in their new year’s celebration firework display.”