I don’t know why the phrase ‘the county’s going to the dogs’ is such a pejorative one; certainly, commissioners can’t get enough of our woofy friends.

This week, it was C4’s turn to jump on the doggy bandwagon - to good effect.

On Monday at 8pm, Channel 4’s Dogs: Their Secret Lives achieved 2.2 million/11% (326,000 +1). But this wasn’t enough to overhaul BBC2’s University Challenge, which achieved 3 million/ 13% for the third week in a row.

At 8.30pm, BBC2’s Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food slipped behind the brains and woofers with 2 million/8%. Channel 5’s The Gadget Show trailed on 700,000/3% .

On Thursday, BBC2’s Trust Me, I’m A Doctor at 8pm fell behind last week’s opener by 550,000, but still registered 2.6 million/12%, ahead of C4’s Location, Location, Location (1.7 million/9%; 212,000 +1) and C5’s The Railway: First Great Western (900,000/4%; 58,000 +1).

After its rocket-fuelled start, C4’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has settled in more quietly, with this week’s 1.4 million/7% (298,000 +1) on par with last week but half the launch figure. Opposite, BBC2’s Mastermind (1.9 million/ 9%) and Gardeners’ World (2.2 million/10%) were easily ahead.