Supergirl and Arrow among programmes returning last week

This week it was all about heroes. The crew of Dave’s Red Dwarf rumbled reluctantly on across the heavens, while Sky’s flying, quivering, floor-cleaning futurists returned in slightly less good shape than this time last year.

On Thursday at 9pm, the second episode of Red Dwarf XII achieved 699,000/4%, all but identical to last week’s launch. Four repeats added 513,000. So far, in overnights, this series is Dave’s weakest.

The channel’s first series opened as a double bill on Good Friday in 2009 with 2.4 million/11% at 9pm and 1.2 million/5% at 9.30pm. In 2012, its next series began with 1.6 million/7% and 1.2 million/5%, while 2016 openedwith 864,000/4% and 770,000/4%.

Sky 1’s 8pm superheroes returned on Monday. Supergirl (160,000/0.8%) was the lowest of the quartet, behind its 2016 opener (325,000/1.5% on 24 October at 8pm). Tuesday’s The Flash was the best with 323,000/1.4%, but that was still behind its 25 October 2016 opener (552,000/2.7%).

Wednesday’s DC Legends Of Tomorrow achieved 212,000/1%, compared with 314,000/1.6% for its series debut on 3 November 2016. On Thursday, Arrow gathered 196,000/1%, fewer than its 26 October 2016 opener (334,000/1.3%).

The third episode of Sky 1’s Sing: Ultimate A Capella entertained 112,000/0.6% on Friday at 9pm. Two repeats added 63,000.

Recording more than doubled episode one (from 196,000/1% to 472,000/2%) and with repeats it amassed 873,000.

Top 50 Non PSB Programmes - 16-22 October
 TitleDayViewers (000s) (all homes)Share (%)Broadcaster/producer
1 LIVE: NISSAN SUPER SUNDAY SUN        1,135,700 8.41 Sky Sports Main Event
2 RED DWARF XII THU           698,100 3.72 Dave/Grant Naylor Productions
3 LIVE REAL MADRID V TOTTENHAM TUE           608,900 3.01 BT Sport 2
4 LIVE: UNITED STATES GP RACE SUN           546,200 2.58 Sky Sports F1
5 LIVE EVERTON V LYON THU           520,300 2.80 BT Sport 2
6 FATHER BROWN TUE           454,300 2.23 Drama
7 LIVE BENFICA V MANCHESTER UNITED WED           449,700 2.25 BT Sport 2
8 BOXING: HAYEMAKER RINGSTAR FIGHT… FRI           445,800 2.62 Dave
9 TASKMASTER WED           443,000 2.04 Dave/Avalon
10 LIVE RED STAR BELGRADE V ARSENAL THU           415,800 2.52 BT Sport 2
11 DEATH IN PARADISE MON           385,300 1.87 Drama/Red Planet
12 SALVAGE HUNTERS WED           381,700 1.76 Quest/Cineflex
13 LIVE: PREMIER LEAGUE SAT           377,100 4.73 Sky Sports Main Event
14 NEW TRICKS THU           374,700 1.99 Drama/Wall to Wall
15 INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY WED           368,300 1.74 Drama/Company Pictures
16 LIVE: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FRI           367,500 1.97 Sky Sports Main Event
17 THE SIMPSONS TUE           362,000 2.00 Sky 1
18 SING SAT           344,500 5.45 Sky Cinema Premiere
19 LIVE: MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL MON           333,700 1.77 Sky Sports Main Event
20 HAVE I GOT A BIT MORE NEWS FOR YOU SUN           324,700 1.59 Dave/Hat Trick Productions
21 THE FLASH TUE           322,800 1.44 Sky 1
22 LIVE SOUTHAMPTON V WEST BROM SAT           322,600 1.89 BT Sport 1
23 MODERN FAMILY FRI           317,200 1.58 Sky 1
24 UNITED STATES F1 GP QUALIFYING SAT           301,100 1.84 Sky Sports F1
25 AS TIME GOES BY THU           286,100 1.56 Drama
26 ZAPPED THU           283,600 1.64 Dave
27 LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE WED           280,200 1.59 Drama
28 A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN THU           278,500 1.48 Sky 1/CPL Productions
29 RED BULL SOAPBOX RACE SUN           272,900 1.49 Dave/UMTV
30 LIVE MARIBOR V LIVERPOOL TUE           270,100 1.32 BT Sport/ESPN
31 NOT GOING OUT SAT           267,800 1.30 Dave/Avalon
32 THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES FRI           266,200 1.35 Drama
33 LIVE CHELSEA V ROMA WED           264,000 1.32 BT Sport 3
34 QI XL TUE           254,800 1.87 Dave/Talkback
35 CRIMINAL MINDS MON           253,400 1.23 Sky Living
36 THE CHASE: CELEBRITY SPECIAL SUN           251,700 1.23 Challenge/Potato
37 STELLA WED           238,700 1.13 Sky 1/Tidy Productions
38 THINNER SAT           237,500 1.27 Horror Channel
39 LIVE AT THE APOLLO TUE           230,100 1.13 Dave/Open Mike Productions
40 UNBREAKABLE FRI           226,500 1.40 Sony Movie Channel
41 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III MON           225,200 1.40 Sky 1
42 GILLETTE SOCCER SATURDAY SAT           224,500 2.29 Sky Sports News
43 SILENT WITNESS SUN           222,600 1.44 Drama
44 THE RUSSELL HOWARD HOUR THU           222,500 1.56 Sky 1/Avalon
45 MURDOCH MYSTERIES SAT           221,400 1.07 Drama
46 LIVE: UNITED STATES GP PIT LANE SUN           216,800 0.99 Sky Sports F1
47 WAREHOUSE 13 WED           215,900 1.05 Pick
48 LIVE SNOOKER: ENGLISH OPEN SUN           215,400 2.31 Quest
49 PRINCE PHILIP – THE PLOT TO MAKE A… MON           215,400 1.05 Yesterday
50 UNITED STATES GP PRACTICE 3 SAT           212,400 1.54 Sky Sports F1