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With only the final weekend left for Len’s walnuts to be pickled and consolidated, BBC1’s autumn sparkly extravaganza was on rare form this year while ITV’s once fearsome beast is slip sliding away.
As panto season looms, ITV’s very own Prince Charmings, Ant and Dec, crowned Queen Scarlett the latest jungly winner.
BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are? returned on Thursday 24 November at its new time of 8pm, consolidating to 5.5 million/22% after 1.2 million recorded and watched.
Despite The X Factor’s elongated Honey trap, the Saturday live shows have come under more pressure from BBC1’s new hit Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (6.8 million/28%) opposite.
This week, after the whole iguana/ snake fandango of the opening episode, viewers flocked, ran, leaped and swam to the second of BBC1’s Planet Earth II on Sunday.
As sequels go, BBC1’s returning Planet Earth was more of a Godfather II than a Grease 2.
On 17 August 2010, BBC2 launched a little show about baking. With 2.2 million/9%, it was a share point behind the 8pm slot average.
The 11th episode of the 14th series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing achieved 11.2 million/48% after 1.2 million recorded and watched.
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
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