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  • Walking Dead shocks 800k

    MONDAY: The Walking Dead roared back onto Fox with 800,000 viewers – outperforming Channel 5 in the 9pm slot.

  • Tutankhamun sheds 800k

    WEEKEND: Strictly Come Dancing peaked with 11m on Saturday evening while ITV’s Egyptian Sunday night drama Tutankhamun lost 800,000 viewers from last week’s launch.

  • Anne Robinson signs off with 3m

    THURSDAY: Anne Robinson’s Britain bowed out with a series high as The Apprentice slipped by 500,000 viewers.

  • Him fails to match The Missing

    WEDNESDAY: Him, Mainstreet Pictures’ supernatural thriller for ITV, was unable to outperform its debut drama Unforgotten.


Top consolidated shows: 3-9 Oct

In the week that actress Jean Alexander died, it’s appropriate to be thinking about occasions when a show recorded its biggest ever audience.


Top 100 shows: 10-16 Oct

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.

The Crystal Maze

Top 30 shows (BBC2, C4 & C5): 10-16 Oct 2016

It was a triumphant return for Channel 4’s The Crystal Maze on Sunday at 9pm (3 million/13.8%).

Celebrity Juice

Top 30 multichannel shows: 10-16 Oct 2016

Although Celebrity Juice (Thursday, 10pm) tops this week’s table with 960,000/6%, up from last week’s 780,000/5%, perhaps we should be considering another metric, in which it wouldn’t do quite so well – the number of words in a programme title.

Harry Hill's Tea Time

Top 50 non-PSB shows: 10-16 Oct 2016

Harry Hill’s back on TV at tea-time, but we’re not talking TV Burp figures here. Nevertheless, Sky 1 will be happy with the debut of the prosaically titled Harry Hill’s Tea-Time: 391,000/2% at 6pm on Sunday.

The Great British Bake Off

Ratings analysis: Redefining hits and misses

While audiences are down on five years ago, decent ratings are still achievable - especially in drama. Stephen Price examines how what will earn a show a recommission has changed