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Crystal Maze a hit with youth
Historians writing about 2016 will not, I fear, be kind. The incoherent, fear-fuelled rage against, you know, something, will look immature and foolish to posterity.
In the week that actress Jean Alexander died, it’s appropriate to be thinking about occasions when a show recorded its biggest ever audience.
This week, in a development The Bard might enjoy, a funny and hilariously rude new sitcom from online-only BBC3 did rather nicely on BBC2.
Forces Of Nature With Brian Cox launched on Monday 4 July and achieved 3.9 million/15% after more than 620,000 recorded and watched
BBC1’s new drama The Living And The Dead launched on Tuesday 28 June at 9pm with 4 million/18% after 840,000 recorded and watched.
The most recorded show this week was BBC1’s swashbuckling drama The Musketeers on Monday at 9pm.
The latest series of Top Gear failed to perform a ratings U-turn as consolidated figures showed it closed with 2.6m fewer viewers than Jeremy Clarkson’s last run.
Ben Elton’s BBC2 Shakespeare comedy Upstart Crow ended on Monday 13 June at 10pm with 1.2 million/6% after 412,000 recorded and watched.
ITV2’s 9pm episode of Love Island on 10 June was the show’s most-recorded, with 532,000 watching via PVR to deliver 1.3 million/5%
The second episode of BBC2’s new-fangled Top Gear consolidated to 4.1 million/19% on 5 June at 8pm after 1.2 million recorded and watched
Britain’s Got Talent down but still strong
ITV’s Scandi inspired noir-ish thriller Marcella came to an end on a Tuesday with 6.3 million/ 24% after 1.8 million recorded and watched; the best of the week.
ITV’s two-part series Killer Women With Piers Morgan began on Wednesday 11 May at 9pm with 5.3 million/22% after more than 1.1 million recorded and watched
The final of the latest series of BBC1’s MasterChef consolidated to 5.9 million/25% after more than 900,000 recorded and watched.
Game Of Thrones opens on a high for Sky becoming ‘the most watched Sky entertainment programme ever” with almost 5 million views.
On Thursday 21 April at 9pm, BBC1’s Elizabeth At 90: A Family Tribute consolidated to 7.5 million/ 28% after more than 1.1 million recorded and watched.
Sky 1’s new home-grown drama The Five began on Friday 15 April at 9pm with 1.2 million/5% after 829,000 watched via PVR, slightly behind Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
On Saturday 9 April at 7pm, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent achieved 9.4 million/43% in live ratings
ITV’s drama The Durrells launched at 8pm on Sunday 3 April with 8.2 million/33% after 1.6 million recorded and watched.
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