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The top 10 drama, entertainment and factual shows of 2016.
Unpicking a mixed performance
Broadcast unveils a channel-by-channel breakdown of the top-rating shows of 2016 - featuring The Great British Bake Off, Top Gear, I’m A Celebrity and Channel 4’s We’re All Going on a Bear Hunt.
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From flying dogs to Ross Kemp’s encounters with Isis, Sky’s factual shows have to both deliver ratings and woo new subscribers. Stephen Price looks at how this year’s offerings performed.
Factual is at a turning point for ITV as dramas such as The Durrells and Victoria help to plug the gap on Sunday nights and the entertainment juggernauts roll on.
While audiences are down on five years ago, decent ratings are still achievable - especially in drama. Stephen Price examines how what will earn a show a recommission has changed
The second series of Love Island gave Channel 5’s Big Brother a run for its money and, crucially, was a smash with lucrative young audiences. Stephen Price reports
While TV viewing is declining fastest among under-16s, family entertainment is holding their interest and some broadcasters are growing their share of this age group.
Commercial broadcaster is showing marked improvement in daytime, with audience share up 5.6% at the BBC’s expense. Stephen Price reports on the key battlegrounds
ITV’s year is off to a solid start, with share up in all hours and peak following a tough 2015. But after some missteps in drama, it has some way to go to hit the heights of previous years
Digital channels often struggle to attract the kind of audiences enjoyed by their terrestrial rivals, but comedy has been one way for them to compete. Stephen Price reports
BBC1 and C4 were the only PSB channels to increase share in a year when overall viewing fell, with the likes of Poldark and Humans hitting the mark with viewers.
Downton Abbey, Britain’s Got Talent and The Great British Bake Off ride high in our breakdown of the year’s biggest shows - by genre.
Despite creative highs from Downton Abbey to Exposure’s Jimmy Savile doc, Peter Fincham couldn’t stem ITV’s ratings decline, says Stephen Price
Shunted around the Saturday schedule and with stiff competition from ITV, Doctor Who’s latest series was its lowest-rating yet. Stephen Price examines how it compares with its predecessors
Downton Abbey gave a huge boost to ITV’s Sunday night and Christmas Day ratings. Stephen Price assesses the period drama’s impact, and how the schedules will shape up now
As Barb releases data on viewing via smart phones, tablets and computers, Stephen Price explains how it is measured and breaks down the figures for some of TV’s biggest shows
Japanese imports, new homegrown formats and reboots of old favourites have all featured in this year’s Saturday night ratings tussle. Stephen Price takes a look at how they’ve fared
Will the low ratings of BBC1’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell force a retreat into safer territory? Paul Whitelaw examines why acclaimed dramas don’t always connect with viewers
Channel 4’s Humans and ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent are reaching those all-important younger viewers, but what will be the impact of BBC3’s move online?
Home and abroad, British drama is in demand, with hits over the past 18 months ranging from BBC2’s adaptation of Wolf Hall to ITV’s Cilla biopic. Stephen Price reports
From series to one-offs, ratings for the past 18 months show documentaries remain a key part of the schedule - and putting ‘cats’ in the title usually pays off. Stephen Price examines the figures.
Dramas such as Wolf Hall and Banished help the channel attract an upmarket audience.
Stephen Price reports on how C5 is growing share to compete with the big boys
A successful comedy is a feather in the cap for any channel controller. But as the 2014 viewing figures reveal, a primetime hit remains an elusive beast
ITV’s share of Saturday night peak-time audiences fell by 26% year-on-year in January, with weekend primetime as a whole down 22%.
Bake Off ‘s move helped BBC1 grow its audience in a year when overall TV viewing dipped and ITV suffered a decline in share.
Helped by a catchy title or topical theme, single dramas and docs can attract big audiences.
Natural history can still attract big audiences but the high cost is becoming a deterrent to broadcasters
How sleeper hit Gogglebox has helped Channel 4 in the battle for Friday nights
Commonwealth Games and live independence debate cap a solid first six months for STV and BBC1 Scotland.
Broadcaster struggles to live up to 2013 as strong new dramas can’t quite hit Broadchurch’s highs
Networks put up a strong fight for this fertile ground says Stephen Price
As the youth channel awaits approval for its move online, Stephen Price looks its performance over the past eight years
Over the Valentine’s weekend, more than 5 million US viewers reportedly watched the second series of Netflix’s House Of Cards.
The success of Broadchurch and the continuing appeal of Coronation Street, Downton Abbey and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! helped ITV become the only terrestrial network to grow share across its schedule in 2013.
Broadcast’s overview of how some of the biggest shows performed over the festive period includes Moonfleet, Death Comes To Pemberley and Caitlin Moran pilot Raised by Wolves.
C4 may have picked up a slew of Broadcast Awards nominations but this hasn’t been matched by a flood of viewers.
While Daybreak continues to underperform, there is better news elsewhere in daytime as ITV pulls neck and neck with rival BBC1
Sky Living’s move towards US and homegrown drama is paying dividends.
With both BBC1 and ITV looking to strengthen their factual output, all eyes are on the genre. Stephen Price reports on how the broadcasters have performed so far this year
C4 was the busiest broadcaster in Q2 as hours ordered increased across the board.
With the Olympics boosting last year’s viewing figures, maintaining volume was always going to be difficult.
Discovery’s focus on international rights and returnable shows highlights growing demand for formats.