After a cracking start, BBC1’s Dickensian is showing signs that perhaps 20 episodes might be too many.
Viewers made their choices from the crop of new and returning stuff, and a goodly number of them favoured the familiar.
If January means one thing in TV, it’s that as sure as 2016 follows 2015, the channels will serve up their big dramas to get us through this, the longest of all months.
The most recorded programme of the Christmas week was ITV’s final ever Downton Abbey, which aired at 8.45pm on Christmas Day.
Downton Abbey triumphed in the Christmas Day ratings battle after gaining a record 4m viewers through recorded viewing.
First Dates going steady
The third series opener of the Danish / Swedish thriller The Bridge was the highest-rated episode across all three series and BBC4’s second highest-rated programme of all time.
Lewis saves best till last
Arresting start for BBC1’s Cuffs
Flying start for Sky1 drama
Sky Arts spots a masterpiece
Lewis rescues ITV’s Tuesdays
BBC1’s night to remember
70s sitcom match up
Viewers enjoy taste of Cider
Sluggish start for final Abbey
Dr Foster in good health
Sitcom double a hit for BBC2
PVR delivers X Factor boost
Young adults eat up Bake off
Bake Off’s double delight
After a whopping 2.3 million recorded and watched,The Great British Bake Off ended on 11.6million/47%, the show’s second best ever after last year’s final.
ITV flies high with Virgin
BBC ahead in wedding war
PVR makes Penny Dreadful shine
Syndicate gets the numbers
Top Gear goes out on a high
Black Work pays off for ITV
Viewers relate to C4’s Humans
Rollover win for Syndicate
BGT sparks recording rise
Car Share in the fast lane
Magicians spell success
Britain’s Got Talent rides to ITV’s rescue
BBC1 in the driving seat
ITV gains with Safe House
Channel 4 Raj drama fades away
Bear Grylls’ battle of the sexes
Vera puts up a good fight against Poldark
C4’s First Dates woos viewers
BBC1’s new drama Ordinary Lies began with a consolidated rating of 5.6 million/22% after 945,000 recorded and watched.
BBC1’s Poldark (8.1 million/29% after 1.6 million recorded and watched this week) is pulling in more than its two drama rivals combined
BBC1’s Poldark launched on Sunday 8 March at 9pm with an impressive 8.8 million/29% after more than 1.7 million recorded and watched.
Gotham leads the way
BBC2’s Wolf Hall launched with a live rating of 3.9 million/ 16%, which rose to 6 million/21% after recording
The best of the BBC1 soap’s 30th anniversary week was the 9.30pm episode on Thursday 19th
Channel 4’s The Big Fat Quiz of the Year entertained almost 3.5m viewers.
John Bishop leads the way in the top stand-up shows of 2014.