Strictly Come Dancing may have topped the Christmas day TV ratings, but next year it may need to watch out for competition.
Statistics released by the Supreme Court reveal that the court’s new video archive and online demand service has proved to be a surprise hit.
According to the court, in the first six months an average of 10,000 viewers a month tuned into the video archive, while 20,000 worldwide accessed the on-demand service.
Chip-shop owner Barry Beavis (pictured) pulled in the biggest audience with his David and Goliath challenge to the parking industry after he was given a ticket. His case was viewed by almost 4,000 people.
A close second, with 3,592 viewers, was a challenge to the ‘joint enterprise’ doctrine. Other big-hitters included a bid by two ex-wives to overturn divorce settlements after their husbands misled them during proceedings, and a battle for design rights in children’s luggage.
According to the Supreme Court, on an average sitting day 550 people watched the live stream at some point during proceedings, with a typical session lasting 4 minutes 30 seconds.
Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger said that while it was ‘disconcerting’ to have so many people watching the judges’ every move, it is ‘encouraging’ that so many are engaging with the court’s work.