Coronation Street bosses are said to be in a state of panic, after almost a quarter of their viewers stopped watching last month.
Insiders have admitted that producers and scriptwriters are worried, that after a fantastic last year which included a live episode and huge tram crash, fans are now bored with current storylines and characters such as Michelle Collins’ Stella and her family who recent arrived in Weatherfield.
A source who is said to be close to bosses of the ITV soap, told The News Of The World:
“It’s a shocking slump in little over a month.
“Viewers haven’t taken to the new characters – including Stella – and are fed up with the current storylines.”
Another reason given by the so called insider for the sharp decline in viewing figures, is the recent increase in gay and lesbian characters on the show.
Most attribute the homosexual focus to new Corrie boss Phil Collinson, and the source added:
“We’ve counted seven gay characters since he joined, with two due soon. Some people think there are too many similar plotlines.
“The producer says he wants it to be a more accurate reflection on modern life – but it’s like a slightly camp version of EastEnders with none of the humour it used to have.
“It’s a mess – personified by the casting of Michelle Collins, an actress who is the face of a rival Cockney soap trying to play a Manchester pub boss. It is totally unbelievable.
“Many people believe he was wrong to get rid of Ashley and Claire Peacock (Steven Arnold and Julia Haworth) – they were like a future Stan and Hilda Ogden type couple.”
So, we’d love to hear your Corrie related ramblings. Is it too gay? Do you hate Michelle Collins behind the bar? Or do you think the drop in popularity is just a blip and as usual, the newspapers are taking it all a bit too seriously?
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