This week BBC4 reached back across the decade to resurrect a BBC2 series from 11 years ago to re-do battle between ancient enemies while E4’s latest import features actual time machines and celestial battle with some baddies.
Vienna: Empire, Dynasty And Dream launched with 610,000/3%.
Now the bugs have gone, ITV2 will reflect happily on its camp outings, while E4’s theoretical physicists will, like so many, be pleased to see the back of the whole tropical chaparral thing.
BBC4 continued its particular Saturday night operandi with new Nordic thriller Modus.
This week, ITV2’s rebooted Extra Camp brand extension got into full swing and those additional tent poles and camp stoves seem to be doing nicely.
At the beginning of last week, BBC4 examined past American elections in the final day BT (Before Trump). Elsewhere, ITV2 changed the title of its brand extension and camped it up.
Some eight decades ago, a modestly sized bunch of people stood around a slowly warming cabinet, waiting for the much-ballyhooed television to start.
This week, Keith Lemon guided his juicy show through another triumphant Halloween.
Big Bang makes solid return
On Saturday night, as the ex-shadow chancellor busted some eye-popping moves in a terrifying green face, ITV2 played the actual movie The Mask opposite. Meanwhile, the story of a doomed Queen’s watch did nicely for BBC4.
Although Celebrity Juice (Thursday, 10pm) tops this week’s table with 960,000/6%, up from last week’s 780,000/5%, perhaps we should be considering another metric, in which it wouldn’t do quite so well – the number of words in a programme title.
This week, ITV2’s The Xtra Factor Live stormed back onto the screen and then stumbled, while passengers on BBC4’s liner waved as it barged past and E4’s Chelsea-ites improved.
On Monday, ITV2’s final Love Island achieved 1.3 million/7% at 9pm for 90 minutes, its highest live rating of the series
Tuesday’s Love Island was ITV2’s best yet with 1.3 million/7% at 9pm, more than Channel 5’s Big Brother opposite
Tabloid coverage of the naughty goings-on on ITV2’s Love Island helped Tuesday’s episode reach 1.2 million/6%
ITV2’s best was Sunday’s Love Island with 1.1 million/5%, the second best of the series so far in overnights and the fourth to break through 1 million.
Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1982 drew 480,000/3%, proving to be a hit for BBC4
The best of Love Island was Wednesday’s 1 million/6% at 9pm, the best so far for ITV2’s two series
ITV2’s Love Island returned on Monday at 9pm with 830,000/ 4%, outstripping 2015’s 7 June launch (590,000/3%).
BBC4’s Storyville: Last Days In Vietnam achieved 460,000/ 2%, with another 30,000 for the Thursday repeat.
David Attenborough’s Zoo Quest In Colour was BBC4’s best performer of the week, with 770,000/4% on Tuesday at 9pm
The fifth episode of E4’s Made In Chelsea achieved 620,000/3% on Monday at 9pm, the best of this run thus far after 11 April’s opener
Caravans: A British Love Affair (580,000/3%) at 8pm on Tuesday was one of two British-labelled shows on BBC4 to make the top 30
On Sunday at 9pm, The Silk Road launched with 680,000/3%, making it BBC4’s best performer of the week.
On Friday, BBC4 scored its best audience this week with Prince: A Purple Reign (890,000/6%), a documentary repeated in tribute to the late musician at 10pm.
On Friday at 9pm, BBC4’s People’s History Of Pop achieved 510,000/2.5%
The best of BBC4’s James May: The Reassembler was Wednesday 9pm’s reconstruction of an electric guitar.
Keith Lemon and Alan Carr are tussling for top billing and Lemon is on top so far.
BBC4’s The Beginning And End Of The Universe attracted 550,000/3% on Tuesday at 8pm
BBC4 launched Danish thriller Follow The Money with 540,000 - down on the previous incumbent, Iceland’s Trapped.
BBC4’s The Return of The Flying Scotsman achieved 1 million/5% on Monday at 8.30pm, the channel’s best of the week
This week, the much ballyhoo’d Family Guy launched ITV2’s new Cartoon Monday with 760,000/4%
Eurovision: You Decide a hit for BBC4 with 680,000 viewers
The third episode of BBC4’s Icelandic saga Trapped achieved 640,000/3%, 300,000 short of last week’s 9pm launch.
BBC4 will be pleased with its new Icelandic drama Trapped, which launched in the traditional 9pm Saturday slot with 940,000/ 5%
ITV2’s second run of The Keith Lemon Sketch Show launched on Thursday at 10pm with half of 2015’s series opener
E4’s best was Tuesday’s outing of Tattoo Fixers with 850,000/4% at 9pm, down from last week’s series high
ITV2’s brand extension Take Me Out: The Gossip hit a series high of 610,000 on Saturday at, beating episode two’s previous series best
The Saturday repeat of ITV’s Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands drew 200,000, after last week’s episode one repeat mustered 500,000
This week, BBC4’s exploration of the tsars delivered decent ratings, but not ones Tsar Nicholas II might have died for.
At 9pm on New Year’s Day, The Joy Of Rachmaninoff attracted 250,000/1%.
Detectorists’ limp sign-off
BBC4’s new series Britain’s Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates And Rogues achieved 530,000/2% on Monday at 9pm.
Bridge return buoys BBC4
Paris attacks dominate
Mobos fail to sing for ITV2
ITV2 pilots fail to take off
ITV2 enjoys a bright future