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Overnight TV Ratings

  • Autopsy digs up impressive audience for C5


    THURSDAY: The second part of Channel 5’s Autopsy trilogy smashed slot average, only losing out to the Commonwealth Games, while Noel Fielding’s second run of Luxury Comedy made a slow start.

  • The Stuarts fails to overthrow The Plantagenets for BBC2


    WEDNESDAY: BBC2’s three-part history documentary of The Stuarts got underway with 1.3m - down on the channel’s audience for The Plantagenets earlier this year.

  • Commonwealth Games continues to dominate


    TUESDAY: The Dog Rescuers, Holby City and 56 Up performed steadily in a low key night dominated by Commonwealth Games coverage.

  • Tulisa & Blinging Up Baby docs perform solidly


    MONDAY: Channel 5 and BBC3 performed solidly with tabloid TV documentaries Blinging Up Baby and Tulisa: The Price of Fame.

  • Red Arrows doc soars to 2.4m


    SUNDAY: BBC2’s documentary about the Red Arrows transported 2.4m as Channel 4’s The Mill dipped by 200,000 from last week’s opener.

  • Adam Peaty Commonwealth gold peaks with 3.7m


    SATURDAY: BBC1’s Commonwealth Games coverage peaked with 3.7m (22.6%) as England’s Adam Peaty picked up gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke final.

  • Secret Life of Students pulls 500k


    THURSDAY: Channel 4’s The Secret Life of Students and Channel 5’s Black Market Britain endured disappointing climaxes as the Commonwealth Games grabbed the lion’s share of the peak time audience.

  • Commonwealth Games opener peaks with 9m


    WEDNESDAY: BBC1’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony peaked with over 9m viewers and dented the rest of the schedule.

  • Utopia settles at 450,000


    TUESDAY: Channel 4’s audience for thriller Utopia remained steady although it was outperformed by Sarah Millican on BBC2 and Channel 5’s Big Brother.

  • 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.

TV Critics


TV Critics: Kids and Guns; Beavers Behaving Badly; Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy


“The film seemed more like a hillbilly freak show, suggesting that trailer-trash, rednecks and vets self-evidently don’t mix with the American right to bear arms”