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OVERNIGHTS: 11 - 17 April 2014

Friday

Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davies

Warwick Davies travelogue transports 2.7m

Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davies got underway with 2.7m viewers on Friday, down on his previous outing for ITV.

Saturday

BGT draws record debut crowd Video

Britain’s Got Talent returned for a seventh series on Saturday with its biggest launch ratings on record.

Sunday

Bubba Watson

The Masters hooks 2.4m

Bubba Watson’s victory in the Masters helped BBC2’s golf coverage peak with an audience of 2.4m on Sunday.

Monday

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones enthrals over 800k

Game of Thrones continued with nearly 820,000 viewers on Monday, as ITV’s crime drama Undeniable lost 350,000 viewers.

Tuesday

The Call Centre

The Call Centre dials up record audience

The Call Centre phoned in its biggest audience on record on Tuesday night, as BBC2 launched two new factual shows to solid ratings.

Wednesday

Thursday


OVERNIGHTS: 4 - 10 April 2014

Friday

Trip to Italy

The Trip To Italy takes 1.2m

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip To Italy hit the road on Friday with 1.2m viewers - well down on their journey around the Lake District in 2010.  

Saturday

The Voice UK

The Voice UK finale hits low note

The Voice UK bowed out with its lowest finale audience to date on Saturday, as The Grand National peaked with 8.5m viewers.

Sunday

The Crimson Field

The Crimson Field makes strong start

BBC1 drama The Crimson Field went into battle with 6.1m viewers, taking out the competition on Sunday night.

Monday

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones simulcast pays off

Sky Atlantic’s 2am simulcast of Game of Thrones’ series four debut locked swords with more than half a million viewers on Monday.

Tuesday

The Call Centre

The Call Centre rings up 1m

BBC3’s The Call Centre returned on Tuesday with nearly twice the audience of Channel 4’s epic drama New Worlds.

Wednesday

Ian Hislop’s Olden Days

Ian Hislop and estate agents help BBC2 to 2m

BBC2’s factual series Under Offer: Estate Agents on the Job and Ian Hislop’s Olden Days pulled in around 2m viewers on Wednesday as Channel 4’s DNA experiment failed to produce 1m viewers.  

Thursday

Tom Daley Goes Global

Tom Daley tops BBC3 porn doc

Tom Daley’s ITV2 travelogue held off competition from a BBC3 pornography documentary on a quiet Thursday night.


OVERNIGHTS: 28 March - 3 April 2014

Friday

Mammon opens with 255k for More4

Norwegian thriller Mammon opened on More4 with an audience of 255,000 on Friday, below the digital channel’s slot average.

Saturday

Saturday Night Takeaway

Saturday Night Takeaway delivers series low

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway fell to a series low on Saturday, but was still the biggest show of the day.

Sunday

The Musketeers

The Musketeers bows out on low

The Musketeers finale locked swords with its lowest audience of the series on Sunday, as Endeavour returned with 5.7m viewers.

Monday

Not the One Show

London Live peaks with 50,000

London Live launched with a peak audience of nearly 50,000 viewers on Monday, as The Widower bowed out on a series high.

Tuesday

New Worlds

C4 viewers fail to find New Worlds

Channel 4’s period drama New Worlds opened with 800,000 viewers on Tuesday, one of the channel’s lowest-performing drama launches in years.

Wednesday

Monkey Planet

Monkey Planet swings in with 3.4m

BBC1’s latest nature series Monkey Planet reached an audience of 3.5m on Wednesday, as First Dates and The Only Way is Essex drew to a close.  

Thursday

15,000 Kids and Counting

C4 pulls 1.6m to 15,000 Kids...

Channel 4’s adoption documentary 15,000 Kids and Counting drew 1.6m viewers - as a grizzly bear punched above its weight for Channel 5.    


OVERNIGHTS: 21 - 27 March 2014

Friday

Sport Relief

Sport Relief peaks with 10m

BBC1 charity extravaganza Sport Relief raised over £50m for good causes on Friday as it gained 2m more viewers from its previous outing two years ago.

Saturday

The Voice UK

The Voice UK live round draws low

The Voice UK’s audience slumped to a series low for its first live round of the series on Saturday.

Sunday

Louis Theroux's LA Stories: City of Dogs

Louis Theroux in form for LA trip

Louis Theroux’s LA Stories was his best performing doc in two years for BBC2 on Sunday.

Monday

Rev

Viewers lose faith in Rev

Big Talk-produced clerical comedy Rev lost nearly a million viewers from 2011’s second series debut on Monday.

Tuesday

Shetland stutters as Doll & Em ends on low

Shetland sunk to its worst performance yet on Tuesday, as Sky Living’s Emily Mortimer comedy Doll & Em bowed out on a series low.

Wednesday

Dead Famous DNA

Dead Famous DNA locates 1m

Dead Famous DNA, Channel 4’s attempt to reveal more about the genetics of deceased famous people, didn’t have the chemistry to connect with a big audience on Wednesday.

Thursday

Believe

Believe opens well for Watch

Watch’s heavily-marketed Alfonso Cuarón drama Believe launched with a strong audience on Thursday, as MasterChef grew its ratings.


OVERNIGHTS: 14 - 20 March 2014

Friday

Gogglebox

Gogglebox settles into Friday home

Gogglebox settled into its Friday night home with a near identical audience to last week’s series debut, as Jonathan Creek ended on a low.

Saturday

The Americans

The Americans returns with 1.3m

The Americans returned on Saturday with nearly a million fewer viewers than last year’s debut, while Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway again outperformed The Voice UK.

Sunday

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Top Gear drives off with 6m

Top Gear drove off with over 6m viewers on Sunday, while Channel 4’s Live From Space peaked with 2.4m viewers.

Monday

The Widower

The Widower murders Silk

Jeff Pope’s latest ITV drama The Widower got off to solid start, murdering competition from BBC1’s Silk on Monday evening.

Tuesday

Hair

BBC3’s Hair hits high

BBC3’s Steve Jones-fronted hairdressing competition Hair reached its quarter final stage with a series high on Tuesday, as Shetland shed nearly 300,000 viewers.

Wednesday

Line of Duty

Line of Duty bows out on high

BBC2 enjoyed a good night on Wednesday as Line of Duty ended with a series high audience and Twenty Twelve successor W1A got underway with 1.6m.

Thursday

Davina: Beyond Breaking Point for Sport Relief

Davina McCall challenge draws 3.7m

Davina McCall’s Sport Relief challenge won the 9pm race on Thursday, but it was Channel 4’s access film on Rolls-Royce that was the surprise package.


OVERNIGHTS: 7 - 13 March 2014

Friday

Gogglebox

Gogglebox turns on record audience

Broadcast Award-winning Gogglebox returned for a third series on Friday with its biggest audience to date.

Saturday

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Ant & Dec overtake The Voice

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway overtook The Voice UK for the first time this year on Saturday.

Sunday

Call The Midwife

Call The Midwife delivers 8m

Call The Midwife bowed out with a series low but still easily won the 8pm slot on Sunday night.

Monday

Michael McIntyre Chat Show

Michael McIntyre ties with Graham Norton

Michael McIntyre’s talk show launched in line with Graham Norton’s 2005 chat show The Bigger Picture on Monday.

Tuesday

Shetland outguns Arsenal’s European exit

BBC1’s Shetland returned with a million fewer viewers than last year’s pilot, but still outplayed ITV’s Champions League football on Tuesday.

Wednesday

Thursday

Live From Space

C4 space series retains trajectory

C4’s second space documentary kept the channel’s ratings in orbit with 1.6m viewers.


OVERNIGHTS: 28 February - 6 March 2014

Friday

Jonathan Creek

Jonathan Creek murders the competition

BBC1’s Jonathan Creek returned for its first full series in a decade with 6.3m viewers on Friday – more than three times the audience of ITV’s new comedy drama Edge of Heaven.

Saturday

The Voice UK

The Voice UK takes a tumble

The Voice UK’s audience took a tumble as it entered its battle rounds on Saturday, but it still managed to fight off Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Sunday

Monday

Mary Berry Cooks serves 3.2m

Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry served up another treat for BBC2 viewers on Monday as her solo series drew more than 3m viewers.

Tuesday

Death in Paradise ends happily

The third series of Death in Paradise bowed out on Tuesday with an average audience around 400,000 viewers larger than the previous run.

Wednesday

Festivals, Sex and Suspicious Parents

Family Guy on top for BBC3

Family Guy was the only show to top 500,000 viewers for BBC3 on Wednesday as Festivals, Sex and Suspicious Parents and Ja’mie Private School Girl were below slot average.

Thursday

37 Days dawns with 2.2m

BBC2’s 37 Days launched with more than 2m viewers on Thursday, while Birds of a Feather has secured a recommission after smashing the slot average.


OVERNIGHTS: 21 - 27 February 2014

Friday

Edge of Heaven

Viewers turn away from Edge of Heaven

ITV’s B&B comedy drama Edge of Heaven failed to welcome 3m guests as it was flattened by the Six Nations Rugby clash on Friday.

Saturday

Saturday Night Takeaway

The Voice out-sings Saturday Night Takeaway

The return of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was unable to dampen The Voice UK, which was the highest-rated show on Saturday.

Sunday

Winter Olympics climax draws 3m

The Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony on Sunday outperfomed the Opening Ceremony following Britain’s haul of medals.

Monday

Silk

Silk locked up by DCI Banks

BBC1’s legal drama Silk returned with its lowest series debut ratings to date on Monday and was locked out by competition from DCI Banks.

Tuesday

Strippers

Strippers pulls 1.5m to C4

Channel 4’s three-part doc Strippers teased an audience of 1.5m on Tuesday as its latest Kirstie Allsopp series also started strongly.

Wednesday

Suspects

Inside No 9, First Dates and Suspects dip to lows

Inside No 9, First Dates and Suspects dipped to series lows on Wednesday - while Outnumbered returned to form.

Thursday

Inspector George Gently

Inspector George Gently ends on high

Inspector George Gently bowed out on a series high, locking out competition from the drama at White Hart Lane on ITV.


OVERNIGHTS: 14 -20 February 2014

Friday

Lizzy Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold gold sets Olympics high

The BBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics hit its highest peak on Friday for Lizzy Yarnold’s golden dash in the women’s skeleton.

Saturday

Splash!

Splash! finale fails to create waves

Saturday’s Splash! finale gained 1m viewers on last week’s performance, but failed to make as many waves as 2013’s climax.

Sunday

BAFTA

Baftas sink to three year low

The British Academy Film Awards recorded its lowest ratings since 2010 on Sunday.

Monday

Benefits Britain

C4 trumps C5 in benefits battle

In the battle of the live debates on Monday, Channel 4’s benefits show easily shouted down Channel 5’s immigration row.

Tuesday

Doll & Em

Doll & Em fails to muster 100k

Sky Living’s Emily Mortimer comedy Doll & Em got off to a shaky start on Tuesday – as ITV’s Champion’s League coverage hit a near 12-month high.

Wednesday

Brit Awards

Brit Awards falls to eight-year low

The Brit Awards walked away with its lowest audience since at least 2006 on Wednesday.

Thursday

The Smoke lights up Sky 1

Sky 1’s new firefighter drama The Smoke got off to a smouldering start on Thursday, engulfing an audience of just under 400,000.


OVERNIGHTS: 7 - 13 February 2014

Friday

Winter Olympics curtain raiser draws over 3m

The Winter Olympics opening ceremony skated off with a 3.4m peak on Friday - as Sky 1 launched Lee Mack’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo to almost 360k viewers.

Saturday

Salamander starts steadily

Belgian crime drama Salamander got underway for BBC4 on Saturday with an audience in line with The Bridge opener.

Sunday

Babylon

Danny Boyle’s Babylon arrests 1.6m

Channel 4’s Danny Boyle-directed comedy drama pilot Babylon failed to arrest a big audience on Sunday - as The Musketeers continued to lose viewers.

Monday

Benefits Street biggest C4 series since 2011

Benefits Street lost some of its shine for its finale on Monday, but still became Channel 4’s biggest series in three years.

Tuesday

Troy

Troy magics up 800k for E4

Troy, E4’s latest street magician, opened strongly on Tuesday, beating competition from BBC2 in the slot.

Wednesday

Line Of Duty

Line Of Duty audience halves

Line Of Duty returned to BBC2 on Wednesday with an audience around half the size of the series one debut.

Thursday

Benidorm

Benidorm bows out with 5.8m

Benidorm bowed out on Thursday with its second biggest audience of the series, unseating Inspector George Gently as the top show in the 9pm slot.


OVERNIGHTS: 31 January - 6 February 2014

Friday

The Last Leg back above 1m

Silent Witness bowed out with a series average of 5.5m viewers on Friday, as The Last Leg returned with a strong performance.

Saturday

The Voice UK

The Voice UK hits high note

The Voice UK turned up the volume with its best performance of the series on Saturday, as England’s Six Nations debut tackled nearly 6m viewers.

Sunday

Dragons Den

Dragons' Den investment pays off

Dragons’ Den ended its latest run with a strong performance on Sunday, while The Musketeers continued to struggle against Mr Selfridge.

Top Gear

Best Top Gear debut in three years

Top Gear drove off with its biggest series debut audience in three years on Sunday, as The Jump dropped to a series low.

Monday

The Big Benefits Row: Live

The Jump vaulted by C5's Big Benefits Row

The finale of Channel 4’s The Jump lost out in the race with Channel 5’s Benefits Street-inspired debate on the welfare system on Monday.

Tuesday

Age-Gap Love

The Taste drops to fresh low

Channel 5 out-foxed Channel 4 for a second consecutive night on Tuesday at 9pm, as its Age-Gap Love doc helped force The Taste to a new low.

Wednesday

Thursday

Pound Shop Wars

Pound Shop Wars fights off competition

BBC1’s return to Pound Shop Wars proved profitable on Thursday, as the documentary pulled in nearly 5.5m viewers.


TV Critics

The Big Allotment Challenge

TV Critics: The Big Allotment Challenge; Nightmare Neighbour Next Door; Watermen: A Dirty Business

16-Apr-2014

“What do you expect? It’s about English allotments – it’s going to be parochial.”

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