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  • The Great Fire engulfs rivals

    THURSDAY: ITV’s dramatisation of The Great Fire of London smoked out almost 5m viewers on a busy evening across the schedule.

  • Waterloo Road registers 3.3m

    WEDNESDAY: Waterloo Road began a new term with a slot-winning outing as ITV’s Celebrity Squares checked out on a high.

  • The Apprentice hires 6.7m Video

    TUESDAY: The tenth series of The Apprentice got underway on BBC1 with 6.7m - its best opening performance in three years.

  • Gotham launches with 2m

    MONDAY: Batman prequel Gotham helped Channel 5 swoop on competition in the 9pm slot and became the station’s biggest drama of the year so far.

Doctor Who

CHARTS: Doctor stable at later time Video

The seventh episode of the eighth series of Doctor Who achieved a live rating of 4.9 million/22%, in line with the previous week

Bake-off-final

CHARTS: Bake Off batters the rest Video

Final of BBC1 show cooks up a whopping 12 million, putting Strictly and X Factor in the shade

Secret_Life_of_Cats

CHARTS: A purr-fect run for BBC2 Video

On Tuesday at 8pm, BBC2’s Cat Watch 2014: The New Horizon Experiment began its stripped run with the best audience of the three days: 2.7 million/13%.

TOWIE_IBIZA

CHARTS: Solid start for newbie ITV Be Video

The Only Way Is Ibiza achieved 674,000/3% at 9pm; episode two on Sunday at 10.15pm drew 582,000/4%.

Sofia-The-First

CHARTS: Disney doc is just the tonic Video

It was a good week for Disney Junior, whose best show was Sofia The First at 5.25pm on Wednesday with 279,000/2%.

Attenborough (BBC/DAVID CHANCELLOR)

Ratings analysis: Answering the call of the wild

Natural history can still attract big audiences but the high cost is becoming a deterrent to broadcasters