This was one of the key findings of new research undertaken by the BBC looking at a style of television often described as “poverty porn” by TV reviewers.
The study was unveiled at a conference in Manchester, Who Benefits? TV and Poverty.
The event was backed by the RTS, the BBC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
“These programmes are very well watched,” said David Bunker, Head of Projects at BBC Audiences. “They have large audiences compared to the slot average.”