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Overnight TV Ratings

  • Long Lost Family locates 4.6m


    MONDAY: ITV’s Long Lost Family saw off competition from John Bishop’s Australia on BBC1 to win the 9pm slot, while Channel 4’s Royal Marines doc held steady.

  • BBC2's Proms open with 580k


    FRIDAY: BBC2’s First Night of the Proms audience fell from last year’s opener while Channel 4’s The Million Pound Drop leapfrogged Channel 5’s On the Yorkshire Buses.

  • Monty Python delivers record ratings for Gold


    SUNDAY: The live broadcast of Monty Python’s final-ever performance has become the highest-rated show to air on Gold.

  • Posh nannies reach 2m


    THURSDAY: ITV’s documentary about Britain’s Poshest Nannies could only muster half the channel’s slot average as Celebrity Masterchef drew its best audience of the series.

  • The Mimic sheds half its audience


    WEDNESDAY: Channel 4 comedy drama The Mimic returned for a second series with less than half the audience of the first series opener.

  • Too Many Immigrants transports 3.5m


    TUESDAY: Too Many Immigrants fell around 2m short of BBC1’s slot average - as BBC3’s Glasgow Girls outperformed Channel 4’s Utopia.

  • Utopia returns on low Video


    MONDAY: Channel 4’s conspiracy drama Utopia returned with its lowest audience yet, as Long Lost Family was back with 4.9m.

  • On The Yorkshire Buses beats Million Pound Drop


    FRIDAY: Channel 5 ob-doc On The Yorkshire Buses drove off with an audience of 1.2m – just above the return of The Million Pound Drop on Channel 4.  

  • Jacques Peretti fails to deliver


    SATURDAY: Jacques Peretti’s latest instalment of The Men Who Made Us… franchise failed to repeat its previous success for BBC2.

  • World Cup scores over 75% share


    SUNDAY: Germany’s World Cup triumph over Argentina peaked with a combined share of over 75% as a high of 20m viewers tuned in to the final.

  • Champneys undone by Masterchef semi


    THURSDAY: ITV’s one-off doc about luxury health spa Champneys fell well short of slot average despite the absence of World Cup football.

  • Argentina joy fails to match Brazilian woes


    WEDNESDAY: ITV’s coverage of Argentina v Holland didn’t quite hit the heights of the first semi-final on Tuesday, although it did score a peak of 12.7m (52.3%)

  • Germany’s Brazilian blitz peaks with 14m


    TUESDAY: Germany’s 7-1 defeat of Brazil was the most watched non-England game of the World Cup.

  • E4 scores biggest ever launch


    MONDAY: E4’s latest US acquisition The 100 has become the digital channel’s biggest ever programme launch, beating the previous high set by Skins.

  • C5 benefits from ratings win


    MONDAY: Channel 5 saw off competition from ITV, Channel 4 and BBC2 with the penultimate episode of Benefits Britain.

  • Tour de France puts spin on Wimbledon


    SATURDAY: The Tour de France got underway in Leeds with almost 1m viewers on ITV - taking a chunk out of the women’s singles final at Wimbledon.

  • Djokovic Wimbledon victory fails to match Murray


    SUNDAY: Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon win peaked with a crowd of 10m, well down on the 17.3m that watched Andy Murray’s victory in 2013.

  • Brazil triumph peaks with 10m


    FRIDAY: Brazil’s victory over Colombia peaked with 10m viewers, making it the highest-rated quarter final of the World Cup.

  • The Honourable Woman debuts with 2.1m


    THURSDAY: BBC2’s Maggie Gyllenhaal drama The Honourable Woman made a solid start, as Channel 4’s The Secret Life of Students failed to make a big impression.

  • Celebrity MasterChef trumps The Betrayers


    WEDNESDAY: ITV’s hard-hitting documentary The Betrayers fell well short of slot average and was beaten by Celebrity MasterChef on a football-free night.

  • Auction House draws 1.7m average


    TUESDAY: The final episode of Channel 4’s The Auction beat BBC2’s Shop Girls – as the World Cup coverage peaked with 8.6m.

  • C4 diet works against World Cup


    MONDAY: Channel 4’s weight-loss documentary The World’s Best Diets found a solid, mainly female audience against Germany’s World Cup defeat of Algeria.

  • Dolly Parton lands biggest Glastonbury audience Video


    SUNDAY: Dolly Parton’s star-turn at the Glastonbury festival was the festival’s most watched performance of the weekend.

  • Mr Sloane succeeds for Sky Atlantic


    FRIDAY: Sky Atlantic sitcom Mr Sloane bowed out with a series average of 86,000, over three times the channel’s slot average.

  • Metallica at Glastonbury hits 1.7m peak Video


    SATURDAY: Metallica’s headline performance at Glastonbury peaked with a crowd of 1.7m – some way short of The Rolling Stones’ audience last year.

  • C5 doctors outperform C4 beauty queens


    THURSDAY: Channel 4 doc Beauty Queen or Bust was outperformed by the final part of Channel 5 medical doc Trauma Doctors.

  • Phone hacking Panorama fails to make a splash


    WEDNESDAY: BBC2’s Panorama special on phone hacking failed to make a splash after drumming up less than a million viewers.

  • England’s World Cup exit scores 9.5m


    TUESDAY: ITV’s coverage of England’s final World Cup game peaked with 9.5m viewers – despite the match having little meaning for Roy Hodgson’s side.

  • Benefits Britain holds steady Video


    MONDAY: Channel 5’s welfare documentary Benefits Britain remained solid in the face of strong competition from Brazil’s final group game of the World Cup.

  • Friday Night Dinner serves up 1.1m


    FRIDAY: Friday Night Dinner returned for a third series with more than a million viewers.

  • Fargo climax ends on a low


    SUNDAY: C4’s finale of cult drama series Fargo lost out despite improving on last Sunday’s audience.

  • A Question of Sport spin-off falters


    SATURDAY: BBC1’s A Question of Sport spin-off launched with more than 2.7m viewers, as the World Cup continued to dominate the schedules.

TV Critics

Clothes To Die For?

TV Critics: Clothes to Die For; Long Lost Family; Royal Marines Commando School; Every Breath We Take


“Clothes to Die For felt like the definitive – and most devastating – account.”



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