Consolidated figures have revealed an 8% boost to Britain’s Got Talent’s overnight ratings, despite the appeal of its live broadcast, writes Stephen Price.

Blackpool FC have made it in to the top flight of English Football for the first time since the days of jumpers for goalposts and all the talk will be of consolidation; ie don’t get relegated. Today in our world of constant access to everything consolidation in TV means the opposite. It means enhancement; it means more, it means why hasn’t anyone noticed how Big I have got?

If a programme is recorded and watched within 10 days of transmission, that playback is added in to establish the final, consolidated, rating. In the ‘now’ culture of the overnights a programme can be written off the day after the first tx. Some, you have to admit, probably deserve it; others though take their time to show off their true worth.

Increases are evenly spread across demographs too; in May during 19.00-22.30 peak, total TV grew by 1.3million (6%); 16-34’s by a fraction under 8% with ABC1’s just above 7%.

As you might expect certain programmes are recorded more than others; and certain types are too. Relatively speaking live programmes aren’t recorded as much since being live is their thing. Soaps tend to be recorded more often generally and smaller channels in the digital soup can ultimately record significantly larger numbers than on launch.

In this week, that of Britain’s Got Talent live, there was plenty of evidence that viewers use PVRs to navigate their way around schedules when big events park themselves over everyone.

On average Britain’s Got Talent grew on consolidation by over 750,000, about 8% - relatively few since 10 million people watched it live.

EastEnders, generally clobbered by BGT all week, recovered some audience on the BBC3 catch up but also over 15% on PVR, with over a million watching Monday’s episode on playback getting it up to nearly 6million.

Bravo’s second episode of Spartacus on 1 June, achieved 410K (incl+1). Not bad but within 10 days that episode had ballooned to an impressive 770K.

Both of Sky 1’s Going Postal episodes cracked a million with increases of around 50%; episode one tx’d on 31 May to 886,000 viewers; PVR viewing took that to over 1.3million while the 24 finale double bill increased by 62%  with both episodes averaging 1 million from 600,000 on transmission.