On Thursday at 9pm, BBC4’s India’s Frontier Railways launched with a strong 860,000/ 4%
The Keith Lemon Sketch Show achieved 704,000/4% at 10pm on Thursday; 245,000 more than last week
BBC4 enhanced BBC2’s drama offering with a conveniently scheduled doc.
BBC3’s extension of BBC1’s East-Enders: Backstage Live at 9pm on Friday achieved 2.2 million/ 10%
ITV3’s Midsomer Murders tops the table with 1.2 million/ 6%, the only title to break through the million barrier this week.
BBC2’s Digging For Britain made its BBC4 debut on Tuesday at 8pm with 700,000/3%
The third episode of ITV2’s new sitcom Cockroaches achieved 212,000/1% on Tuesday at 10pm
E4 topped the table once more with Thursday’s The Big Bang Theory at 8.30pm (1.7 million/7%).
ITV3’s second highest-rated show of the week was Doc Martin (1 million/5%) at 7pm on Saturday, followed at 8pm by its highest-rated, Midsomer Murders (1.4 million/6%).
On Friday, BBC News averaged 532,000/4% from 6am to 11pm
ITV2’s best performer of the week was Despicable Me with 1.2 million/6% on New Year’s Day at 4.25pm.
On Tuesday, the first of BBC4’s two-part The Secrets of Quantum Physics achieved 0.6million/2.7%
On Thursday, the channel launched Castles: Britain’s Fortified History at 9pm to 630,000/ 3%
On Tuesday at 9pm, the third episode of Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages drew 560,000/ 3% to More 4
On Monday at 9pm, BBC4’s Dancing Cheek To Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance achieved 1.1 million/5%
The dog-training sitcom premiered with 320,000/2% on Thursday at 10pm
If ITV had been fretting about moving The Only Way Is Essex to ITV Be, it needn’t have worried.
ITV2’s Celebrity Juice: Halloween Special achieved 1.4 million/9% at 10pm on Thursday.
The best of the channel’s ABBA night on Friday was Agnetha: Abba And After at 11pm with 600,000/6%
There was disappointment for BBC4 with Australian drama The Code, which fell to 432,000/2%
The Only Way Is Ibiza achieved 674,000/3% at 9pm; episode two on Sunday at 10.15pm drew 582,000/4%.
BBC4 comedy Detectorists launched on Thursday at 10pm to 650,000/4%, comparing well with the 2012 series of Jo Brand comedy Getting On (460,000/2.5% live average)
The second series of ITV2’s comedy began with a double bill on Monday with 760,000/5% and 700,000/ 5%
On Tuesday at 10pm, BBC3’s Bad Education returned for a third series with 762,000/5%
‘Squeamish’ is an understatement. If the word ‘brain’ is plonked in the same sentence as ‘stem’ and ‘cell’, the world starts a-whirlin’ and it might be “look out floor, here I come”.
Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale Of Three Cities hit a series low on Wednesday with 208,000/1%
The cool approach of Scandi TV detectives gave way to BBC4’s series of hot-blooded Swedish murderings.
Friday’s Kate Bush Story was BBC4’s top-rated show
E4 had the highest-rated, non-repeat homegrown show of the week: Hollyoaks on Monday at 7pm with 994,000/6%
BBC3’s comedy Cuckoo returned after a near two-year hiatus with 654,000/3.8%
BBC4’s Timeshift: Killer Storms And Cruel Winters was the channel’s best, with 690,000/3% at 9pm on Monday
BBC3’s Family Guy achieved 1.2 million/7% Sunday at 10.25pm
BBC3’s musical drama Glasgow Girls achieved 620,000/4% on Tuesday at 10pm
E4’s latest US import, sci-fi series The 100, launched with an epic 1.7 million
C4’s The Armstrong Lie, achieved 900,000 over two-and-a-half hours.
Murdered By My Boyfriend achieved 780,000/3.6% at 9pm on Monday.
Elsewhere, ITV3 rumbled on murderously, while an unlikely film-off occurred on Sunday night
Subscription numbers might be more important than ratings
In 2015, Hollyoaks will be 20 years old; but despite recent upstarts like the big bang theorists, it remains a perky stalwart of E4’s schedule
With pay drama channel ITV Encore heaving in to view, ITV3 was determined to show its sibling upstart how it’s done, with its detective greatest hits. Meanwhile, BBC4 pulled on its white stetson and set off for Dodge City.
The recent round of series culls in the US left The Big Bang Theory untouched and barging on for more
Whatever the chief ingredient of the juice of celebrities might be, it’s potent stuff, as ITV2’s comedy panel show breezes inexorably onwards.
In Blackadder III, Prince George declared himself as thick as a whale omelette, but even he’d have known a hit when one clouted him.
Who would have thought those bewigged Georgians would have such an impact?
This week, in its studious fashion, BBC4 tapped into the magic world of fungi. Elsewhere, ITV2 spawned a new panel show, while E4 banged on with its geeks.
Winnie the Pooh, not one of literature’s great thinkers, was nonetheless prepared to gamble everything if honey was involved, as illustrated by the whole bees/tree/balloon fiasco of legend.
In an unlikely contest this week, it turned out that suburban gardens can hold their own in a stand-off with a backpacked Olympic bronze medallist and porn.
It’s likely that E4 whirled a jig of delight when The Big Bang Theory was awarded three more seasons.