The BBC's One Show has been blamed for the complete breakdown of the National Grid last Thursday.
The flagship programme, which airs between 7pm and 7.30 pm every Monday to Friday inclusive, is hosted by Matt Baker and Alex Jones. It has been on air since September 2006 and for a number of months, when presented by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, attracted 10 million viewers.
But ratings have fallen since then and BBC executives have been racking their brains to restore it to its previous glory.
Popularity has continued to plummet at such a rate and viewers have been turning off in their droves. The situation hit an all time low on Thursday when 2.5 million viewers got up from their couches at and switched on the kettle at the same time.
A National Grid spokesman takes up the story "At 19.00 hours on Thursday, February 17th, a sudden and powerful surge of unprecedented proportions affected the Grid to such an extent that the system could not cope. As a result the network had to shut down until demand levelled off and power was able to be restored at 7.30 pm".
The BBC is considering its options.