John Bishop leads the way in the top stand-up shows of 2014.
Old favourites dominate the most popular sketch shows of 2014.
Almost 10m viewers tuned in to see the Christmas Day episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys.
E4’s The Big Bang Theory was the most popular comedy on multichannel in 2014.
Indian Summers rose to 5.3 million/19%, becoming C4’s best-performing drama for 20 years.
Indian Summers has become Channel 4’s best performing drama in more than two decades after its opening episode drew a consolidated audience of more than 5m viewers.
On Tuesday 3 February, the final episode of BBC1’s 18th series of Silent Witness grew to 8.1 million
After its Argentinian mis-adventure over Christmas, BBC2’s Top Gear returned for its winter series on Sunday 25 January at 8pm with a final rating of 6.4 million/22%
Tudorish pot-boiling delivered heftily for BBC2, while Mr Selfridge found his third visit to ITV the most challenging.
On 13 January, Count Arthur Strong achieved 1.7 million/12% after 200,000 recorded and watched, only slightly behind 6 January’s 1.8 million/13% launch.
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The last-ever episode achieved 9.5 million/32% on 1 January after 1.7 million recorded and watched.
After recording, 15.2 million people watched television across all-time on Christmas Day, down 3% on last year. Between 3pm and 11pm, where ITV and BBC1 concentrate their resources, 24 million tuned in, 4% less than last year.
Mrs Brown’s Boys stretched its lead as the most-watched show on Christmas Day after adding a further 2m time-shifted viewers.
BBC1’s spooky triptych Remember Me finished on Sunday 7 December at 9pm with a consolidated rating of 5.4million/18%
BBC1’s latest big-scale natural history series Life Story averaged 4.1 million/16% overall
Babylon has fallen short of its early promise: the first episode on 13 November averaged 1.2 million/6% after 475,000 recorded and watched
BBC1’s new heavyweight drama began solidly and then people started to notice it
The fifth series of ITV’s Downton Abbey ended on 9 November with 10.4 million/38% after 1.9 million recorded and watched.
The third episode of Gotham, Channel 5’s lavish acquisition of the pre-Batman years, achieved 1.6 million/7% on Monday 27 October.
BBC1’s The Apprentice returned with a double bill at 9pm on Tuesday 14 October (8.2 million/ 31%), followed by Wednesday’s 7.5 million/28%.
After a live rating of 3.6 million/16% on Friday 17 October, BBC1’s sitcom Not Going Out ended on 4.4 million/17%.
The figures were already pretty gobsmacking, but the consolidated numbers for the GBBO final on Wednesday at 9pm were awesome
The seventh episode of the eighth series of Doctor Who achieved a live rating of 4.9 million/22%, in line with the previous week
The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing went head-to-head on Friday 26 September
In Downton, standards are Dowager high and 2014’s 10 million-plus start is, well, smaller than last year’s
BBC1’s The Great British Bake Off finished just 85,000 behind ITV’s Saturday edition of The X Factor on 10.2 million/43%; the biggest show of the week
Ah, school. Even now, the discordant rattle of a classroom door rekindles memories of milk warming by the radiator, the stress in delivering a Valentine card when she barely even knows you exist, the jam jars speckled with paint and the eye-bulging concentration required to play the trumpet.
The already notorious Alaska-in-the-bin saga – consolidated to 10.3 million/39% after a whopping 2.1 million recorded and watched.
The live audience for The Great British Bake at 8pm on Wednesday 13 August was 6.9 million/32%
BBC1’s new drama In The Club launched on Tuesday 5 August at 9pm to a live rating of 4 million/ 19%
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway ended on 30 July 2014 with a live rating of 2.2 million/11%. After more than 240,000 recorded and watched, it ended on 2.4 million/11%.
Channel 4’s Royal Marines Commando School launched on 14 July at 9pm with a consolidated rating of 3.1 million/12%
The third episode of The Honourable Woman consolidated to 2.3 million/10%, the lowest so far
ITV’s trip to Old Bond Street with Inside Asprey: Luxury By Royal Appointment served the channel well on Thursday 3 July with a live rating of 3.1 million/15%.
The most-recorded show of the week was Friday’s Coronation Street at 8.30pm
Fargo ended on 22 June at 9pm with a live rating of 1.4 million/6%.
Encore averaged a live rating of 20,000/0.2% across its broadcast hours for its first week
Elsewhere, two BBC1 drama trios ended, while Channel 4 will be delighted with Bear Grylls’ deserted islanders.
Ignoring for a moment the thing that’s about to land from Brazil, the week of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent live knockouts is like a bugle heralding summer.
Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld and writer/star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, once said he carried his Emmy with him wherever he went, but was very casual about it.
After the return of Wallander this week, with bigger-than-ever numbers, BBC4, instigator of the Nordic Noir boom, might just be in line for a gong.
There was a lot of swooning, dramatic death and romantic angst in early 19th century Italy as blouse-wafted poets and their young wives wandered about the place.
It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for valleys, lying as they do beneath the la-di-da hills with all their sun and fresh air.
The pitch, way back when, would have been interesting: rambling stories punctuated by displays of vaguely incompetent magic tricks.
Some movie scenes stick with you, like David Niven and Robert Wagner dressed as gorillas driving a sports car and being chased by Peter Seller’s Clouseau, the opening to Saving Private Ryan, or when Mr Vader owns up to being Luke’s dad.
There’s no stopping the singing, dancing and juggling (or all three) talent show.
My school trips tended to be to places like Littlehampton or Eastbourne. All revolved around the same dreary experience: where to find shelter from the incessant wind-assisted rain to eat fish paste sandwiches and drink warm, weak squash out of a plastic beaker.