Ross Barton's acid attack was the most complained about soap storyline of the year with 366 Ofcom complaints

Ross Barton's acid attack was the most complained about soap storyline of the year with 366 Ofcom complaints

The shocking scene – which saw the character scarred for life – racked up a whopping 366 Ofcom complaints.

Ross' storyline also saw him battle a painkiller addiction as his life collapsed.

Emmerdale also got 116 complaints when Lachlan White murdered Gerry Roberts.

However, the second most complained about soap storyline was Coronation Street and David Platt's date rape and its aftermath, which got 214 complaints.

Corrie also got 211 complaints after vicar Billy Mayhew was seen taking drugs in church.

The ITV soap also got 95 complains when Pat Phelan murdered Luke Britton.

In total, Corrie got 1,098 complaints and Emmerdale got 759.

The reason EastEnders isn't listed is because it's on the BBC – and Ofcom only get involved after the BBC has completed its complaints process.

Tony Close, Ofcom's Director of Content Standards, Licensing & Enforcement, said: “Viewers are as passionate about what they watch as ever, discussing programmes with their friends and family, and with other people on social media.

The 10 most complained about shows of 2018

  • Celebrity Big Brother: 27,602 complaints (25,327 over Roxanne 'punchgate'; 1,101 over Rodrigo Alves' racial slur (17Aug).
  • Loose Women: 8,002 complaints (7,912 over row which saw Kim Woodburn walk off set (29 Aug).
  • Sky News: 4,251 complaints (3,462 over alleged bias in the editing of Tommy Robinson in an interview (27 Sept).
  • Love Island: 4,192 complaints (2,644 over Dani Dyer watching Jack Fincham reacting to his former partner entering Casa Amour (1 July).
  • Coronation Street: 1,098 complaints (214 over the date-rape of David Platt (26 Feb).
  • Emmerdale: 759 complaints (366 over acid attack storyline (8 Feb).
  • Good Morning Britain: 548 complaints (86 over Piers Morgan allegedly displaying bias in favour of President Trump during an interview with Ash Sarkar (12 July).
  • This Morning: 402 complaints (33 over complaints a guest who featured in a segment about breastfeeding was not sufficiently expert (12 Sept).
  • I’m a Celebrity…Get me Out of Here: 335: 180 over use of animals in Bushtucker trials.
  • The X Factor: 286 complaints (104 over Cheryl’s raunchy dance routine (18 Nov).

"They complain to us when they think programmes have fallen below the standards they expect, and we carefully assess each and every complaint we receive.

“This year, we’ve taken action on many occasions where programmes have fallen short of the standards required by our rules.”

The programme that viewers most complained to Ofcom about was Celebrity Big Brother – which got 27,602 complaints.

25,327 of those were related to the incident involving Roxanne Pallett claiming Ryan Thomas punched her.


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