Sixth series final down more than 40,000 on 2017

This week, Channel 5 went around the world, while BBC2 travelled across it. Meanwhile, Channel 4’s child prodigies returned slightly underpowered, as C5’s vets popped up for a rare 9pm showing in launch week.

C5’s Around The World By Train With Tony Robinson opened with 900,000/5% (56,000 +1) on Monday at 9pm, well ahead of BBC2’s Generation Gifted (600,000/4%) and Channel 4’s Famous And Fighting Crime (500,000/3%; 44,000 +1).

On Sunday at 9pm, BBC2’s new format Race Across The World opened with 1.5 million/8%, defeating C4 drama Traitors (300,000/2%; 129,000 +1) opposite.

C4’s sixth series of Child Genius launched on Monday at 8pm with 800,000/4% (112,000 +1) – its first sub-1 million overnight rating and behind C5’s Traffic Cops (1.2 million/6%; 56,000 +1) and BBC2’s combo of Only Connect (2.1 million/11%) at 8pm and University Challenge at 8.30pm (2.2 million/11%).

The best of Child Genius was Saturday’s 7pm final with 1.2 million/7% (144,000 +1) – 421,000 and 2.4 share points fewer than the final of the last series proper on 19 August 2017 at 8pm (1.6 million/10%; 189,000 +1). BBC2’s Athletics coverage averaged 1.2 million/7% from 5.30pm for nearly four hours.

C5 launched The Yorkshire Vet at 9pm on Tuesday to 900,000/5% (150,000 +1) – fewer than the show’s previous 9pm outings: 1.2 million/5% (73,000 +1) on New Year’s Day 2019 and 1.1 million/6% (79,000 +1) on 22 May 2018.

It also lost to BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee opposite (2.3 million/12%) and C4’s 24 Hours In A&E (1.1 million/6%; 261,000 +1).

BBC2 doc The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On gathered 500,000/ 3% on Wednesday at 9pm, well behind C4’s Skint Britain: Friends Without Benefits (800,000/5%; 136,000 +1).

Top 30 (BBC2, C4 & C5) - 25 February - 3 March
 TitleDayViewers (m) ShareBroadcaster
1 GOGGLEBOX FRI 2.62 14.89 C4
2 INSIDE THE FACTORY TUE 2.46 13.43 BBC2
3 THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE TUE 2.29 12.02 BBC2
4 UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE MON 2.15 11.46 BBC2
5 ONLY CONNECT MON 2.07 11.09 BBC2
6 INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE SAT 1.89 10.76 C4
7 TOP GEAR SUN 1.72 7.72 BBC2
8 THIS FARMING LIFE WED 1.64 8.62 BBC2
9 THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS THU 1.63 10.55 C4
10 RACE ACROSS THE WORLD SUN 1.47 7.62 BBC2
11 ATHLETICS SUN 1.39 7.29 BBC2
12 CHILD GENIUS SAT 1.37 8.28 C4
12 THE LAST LEG FRI 1.37 10.44 C4
14 SAVING LIVES AT SEA TUE 1.36 7.86 BBC2
14 24 HOURS IN A&E TUE 1.36 7.11 C4
16 SAVING LIVES AT SEA THU 1.28 7.57 BBC2
17 TRAFFIC COPS MON 1.26 6.73 C5
18 ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP FRI 1.25 9.58 BBC2
19 GREAT INDIAN RAILWAY JOURNEYS MON 1.22 7.34 BBC2
20 ATHLETICS SAT 1.21 7.29 BBC2
20 DOGS BEHAVING (VERY) BADLY TUE 1.21 6.59 C5
22 GREAT INDIAN RAILWAY JOURNEYS TUE 1.20 7.57 BBC2
23 ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP THU 1.19 9.19 BBC2
24 ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP TUE 1.18 9.74 BBC2
24 EGGHEADS WED 1.18 7.96 BBC2
26 ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP MON 1.17 9.21 BBC2
26 EGGHEADS MON 1.17 7.51 BBC2
28 MEGHAN AND THE MARKLES: A FAMILY AT WAR FRI 1.15 6.56 C5
29 GREAT INDIAN RAILWAY JOURNEYS THU 1.14 7.27 BBC2
30 ATHLETICS FRI 1.13 6.57 BBC2

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