ITV today confirmed Iain MacLeod has been appointed as the new Producer of Coronation Street, following Kate Oates’ decision to leave the soap and move into drama series production.
Kate is moving to work with ITV Studios owned label Tall Story Pictures, where she will produce the forthcoming second series of Bancroft, starring Sarah Parish.
Kate and Iain leave their respective soaps in strong form, as each is up +5% year-on-year for volume, on both consolidated and overnights ratings.
In 2018 to date, Emmerdale has increased its average audience in the consolidated ratings, pulling ahead to become the UK’s second most popular soap.
The Emmerdale appointments will take effect from the beginning of June, to coincide with Iain taking the helm at Coronation Street.
Coronation Street continues to be the UK’s most popular soap, with Good Friday's 8:30pm episode scoring the highest rating in this slot in more than 4 years when 9.4m viewers tuned in to see Phelan confess his string of crimes to Eileen at the lighthouse.
Across that week, Coronation Street delivered an impressive 40% share among 16-34's, the soap’s highest share for this demographic since just before the tram crash in 2010.