Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger may have decided to run for the post of governor of Calilfornia but he lost out in his first popularity test with only 1.7 million (8.6%) watching Channel 4's profile last night (7 August), writes Jon Rogers.
The 60-minute documentary Arnold Schwarzenegger: Made in Britainlooking at the rise of the Republican candidate for the post of Californian governor from muscle man to the star of the Terminatorfilms lost out in TV's version of the polls to a BBC2 repeat of a Horizondocumentary. Freak Waveat 21.00 attracted 600,000 more viewers with 2.3 million (12.1%).
More worringly for C4 it was their highest rated show during peaktime as no show came close to passing the 2 million mark. Earlier, No. 57: the History of a Housemanaged just 1.2 million (7.1%). It too, also lost out to a BBC2 repeat, Ray Mear's Extreme Survival, which took 1.8 million (10%) at 20.00.
The two main channels rolled out their usual Thursday night fare with ITV1 predictably taking the lion's share.
ITV1's prison-based drama Bad Girls slipped below 6 million at 21.00, picking up 5.9 million (29.8%) but still won its slot as BBC1's A Traffic Cops Special: Wrecked and Recklesscould manage just 5 million (25.5%).
Earlier, the long-running police drama The Billmanaged 6.1 million (33.7%) at 20.00 seeing off both challengers from BBC1. DIY SOSwas watched by 5.7 million (31.8%) at 20.00 while the ensuing UK's Worst? Taxisat 20.30 drew just 4.3 million (23.7%).