Channel 4’s Royal Marines Commando School launched on 14 July at 9pm with a consolidated rating of 3.1 million/12%
Time is a remorseless beast. I remember a documentary on the Hong Kong Police, made in 1978. My youthful imagination swooned and for a while all I wanted to be was a copper who drove about town in a Land Rover. It didn’t last long as ambitions go, and soon I was planning my grown-up life as an architect, which obviously went well. This week, both Channel 4 and BBC2 did nicely with more modern folk in uniform, while elsewhere, MTV followed those whose only uniform is a spray-on tan.
C4: Royal Marines Commando School
Channel 4’s Royal Marines Commando School launched on 14 July at 9pm with a consolidated rating of 3.1 million/12% after nearly 600,000 watched via PVR. A further 821,000 watched the Tuesday repeat.
Episode two on 21 July lost just 200,000 to end on 2.9 million/12% after more than 640,000 recorded and watched. Another 608,000 watched the Tuesday repeat.
Despite the Commonwealth Games, the third episode on 28 July achieved a consistent 2.9 million/12% after recording.
BBC2: Red Arrows: Inside The Bubble
BBC2 doc Red Arrows: Inside The Bubble achieved 2.8 million/12% at 9pm on Sunday 27 July after 410,000 recorded and watched. The repeat, which had only live ratings at the time of writing, achieved a chunky 1.2 million/6% at 7.30pm on Friday 1 August.
MTV: Geordie Shore
MTV’s Geordie Shore returned for its eighth series on 22 July at 10pm. Its live rating was 607,000/3.7% but after more than 556,000 recorded and watched, it finished on 1.2 million/6.2%; the best ever title for MTV, overtaking 3 June’s episode of Ex On The Beach (841,000/5%). Opposite, C4’s Utopia lost out with 751,000/4% after 289,000 recorded and watched.
Six repeats added another 403,000 to give the Geordies a total of 1.6 million.
ITV: Long Lost Family
ITV’s Long Lost Family returned for a fourth series on 14 July at 9pm with a consolidated rating of 5.7 million/23% after more than 600,000 recorded and watched.
Episode two on 21 July dropped to 5.2 million/21% after 500,00 recorded and watched. Against the Commonwealth Games on 28 July, episode three slipped to 4.9 million/20% after more than 500,000 recorded and watched, its lowest since May 2012.
The first two non-Commonwealth Games-affected episodes averaged 5.43 million/22%, which was 430,000 and 2 share points behind 2013’s summer average (5.9 million/24%).