This week a year which historians will ponder for aeons began its final lap. Telly also started wrapping up the autumn in preparation for the looming festivities before unveiling winter’s smorgasbord of goodies.
Final results show is lowest since 2006, but I’m A Celebrity… finale spares ITV’s blushes
I live quite close to what was Rillington Place. It has changed its name since and the houses are modern, but there’s a gap where No.10 would have been. Filling it is a small garden, impaired by history, rather melancholy but quietly dignified.
After much probably unintended yet welcome hilarity, a teenager finally dropped its Ed Balls. No amount of coquettish pouting on Strictly’s 14th series was going to save this man from the sequinned boot once the red dance-off beam of doom had him in its sights.
Once, like a colossus, ITV’s singing competition stood proudly across Saturday and Sunday nights, squishing all-comers.
Ordinarily, Ed Balls’ Gangnam Style salsa would be the most terrifying thing you’re ever likely to see; well, that or a bobcat swimming towards you.
This week, BBC1’s sequel, Planet Earth II – the return of the killer planet – dealt with the opposition in much the same way as that pit of snakes did the sea-bound baby iguanas.
This week, Bake Off waved an imperious and huge goodbye to BBC1; perhaps fatigued by the excitement, the next day’s review of 2015 made many fewer people’s soufflés go up and down.
Cold Feet trumps Jermey Paxman
One of the most over-used and obsolete phrases in politics is “we’re not going to give you a running commentary on…”. It’s usually about something long-running that everyone knows the answer to already, like the third runway at Heathrow.
After England’s unwieldy performance under its caretaker manager against plucky Malta, I half expected Scooby-Doo and the gang to rush to the touchline and yank off his mask to reveal a scheming baddy muttering that he’d have got away with it if it weren’t for those pesky kids.
Great British Bake Off returns with best ever launch as ITV’s The X Factor slumps from last year’s opener
BBC1’s adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent launched below slot average
BBC triumphs in head-to-head battle after Andy Murray win kicks off a day to remember
Home nation’s defeat to minnows Iceland draws 11 million as Euro 2016 again dominates the table
With the nation’s EU status at stake, viewers turned to politics shows for the result and its impact
Football dominated the week, with Belgium v Italy scoring a surprise win over England v Wales
ITV scores a Euro winner with England game and lively EU debate
Lacking a Saturday night heavy-hitter, it’s the turn of the soaps to dominate the table this week
Viewing figures for the revamped Top Gear may be down on 2015, but its audience share is up
On Monday, the penultimate episode of ITV’s Marcella drew 4.4 million/21% (268,000 +1), well ahead of BBC1’s Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle
Eurovision gives BGT a run for its money, while the Queen’s 90th is a gift for ITV
ITV family drama The Durrells held off BBC1’s annual awards bash to clinch a Sunday night win
BBC2’s Line Of Duty ends with a slot-winning 4 million, while The Secret launches well for ITV
Birthday celebration Elizabeth At 90 attracts loyal subjects, while Victoria Wood brings joy to BBC2
Michael McIntyre variety format sees off ITV’s Bang On The Money in early Saturday evening slot
Strong debut for noir-syle drama Marcella, while final of BBC1’s The Voice UK loses badly to ITV rival
ITV’s family tale The Durrells takes the honours, but BBC1’s Undercover beats returning Home Fires
Combination of Ant & Dec and international football easily enough to beat BBC1’s The Voice UK live shows
Cop drama Happy Valley concluded with its best live rating, but Sport Relief ‘s form dipped
Shop Well For Less beats ITV’s Big Star’s Little Star before Grantchester batters Rich And Homeless
Grantchester is no match for Happy Valley as Doctor Thorne loses Sunday drama face-off
ITV Churchill drama no match for BBC1 rivals Call The Midwife and The Night Manager
Saturday Night Takeaway hits the spot for ITV, as BBC1’s The Night Manager gets off to a strong start.
BBC1 crime drama Happy Valley makes a strong return, while ITV’s Car Crash Britain hits the skids
BBC1’s Countryfile maintains its hold on the top spot, well ahead of ITV’s Sunday drama Beowulf
ITV’s Sugar Free Farm launches well against Holby City, while BBC1 stalwart Countryfile tops table
BBC1’s Sunday dominance boosted by sizeable audience for Attenborough’s dinosaur doc
BBC1’s new carbased gameshow fails to overtake ITV rival in the race for Saturday viewers
The Voice easily beat ITV’s Ninja Warriors, but with 1 million fewer viewers than 2015
BBC1’s Sherlock was festive fortnight’s highest-rating drama, while ITV unveiled its new Saturday line-up
I’m A Celebrity… takes seven of the top 10 spots for ITV but fails to knock BBC1’s Strictly off its perch
X Factor semi out of tune
Strictly still king of jungle
Paris news takes priority
Big send-off for Downton
Fright night for X Factor
Damp start for ITV’s Jekyll