But National Theatre’s Shakespeare production fails to outscore slot average

This week, the National Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers at last saw the light of day on Sky Arts after its 2020 West End run was cancelled because of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, what the Montagues and Capulets are to lovers of Shakespeare, so Brooklands is to fans of piston heads and camshafts, Frazer Nash racers and Routemaster buses, as Yesterday happily discovered.

On Sunday at 9pm Sky Arts’ transmission of the National Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet achieved 101,000/0.6% – par for the slot in share terms since the channel went on to Freeview in September 2020 (93,000/0.6%) and slightly more in volume.

Over half the audience was ABC1 adults (58,000/0.6%), whose result was par with the Freeview slot average (53,000/0.6%).

Sky Arts’ highest show of the week was Saturday’s documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart at 9pm (163,000/1%).

Secrets of the Transport Museum

On Tuesday at 8pm Yesterday launched Secrets of the Transport Museum with 356,000/2%, the highest rating for the channel this week. It just nipped ahead of Bangers & Cash on Thursday at 8pm (327,000/2%).

Another 87,000/0.5% watched Secrets of the Transport Museum’s Friday 9pm repeat to total 445,000 for the week.

Sky 1’s best of the week was the final episode of Syfy comedy drama Resident Alien, which achieved 266,000/2% on Thursday at 9pm. This is the highest individual overnight for the 10-part series ahead of the previous best, 25 February at 9pm (221,000/1%).

On Thursday at 10pm, Sky History launched US factual series Assembly Required, starring the cast of 90s US sitcom Home Improvement doing actual DIY. Its 20,000/0.2% was virtually par with the slot average. Including two more transmissions, its first week totalled 36,000.

Top 50 Non-PSB programmes - 29 March - 4 April
 TitleDayStartViewers (000s) (all homes)Share (%)Broadcaster/producer
1 LIVE: ARSENAL V LIVERPOOL SAT 19.45        1,042,400 6.08 Sky Sports Main Event
2 LIVE: MANCHESTER UNITED V BRIGHTON SUN 19.00           901,600 4.80 BT Sport 1
3 LIVE: NEWCASTLE V TOTTENHAM SUN 14.00           868,000 11.12 Sky Sports Main Event
4 LIVE: LEICESTER V MANCHESTER CITY SAT 17.00           786,100 5.62 Sky Sports Main Event
5 LIVE: ASTON VILLA V FULHAM SUN 16.00           701,800 5.68 Sky Sports Main Event
6 LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE MON 19.20           479,900 2.82 Drama
7 THE REPAIR SHOP SAT 21.00           460,800 2.69 Quest/Ricochet
8 LIVE: CHELSEA V WEST BROM SAT 11.30           446,500 6.17 BT Sport 1
9 SALVAGE HUNTERS TUE 20.00           410,100 2.30 Quest/Curve Media
10 QI XL WED 21.00           375,600 2.09 Dave/Talkback
11 LIVE: SOUTHAMPTON V BURNLEY SUN 11.30           374,700 5.58 Sky Sports Main Event
12 AUSSIE GOLD HUNTERS MON 21.00           370,800 1.88 Quest
13 SECRETS OF THE TRANSPORT MUSEUM TUE 20.00           357,500 2.01 Yesterday
14 INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY MON 20.00           352,200 1.85 Drama
15 SALVAGE HUNTERS: THE RESTORERS WED 21.00           349,300 1.94 Quest/Curve Media
16 LIVE: WALES V CZECH REPUBLIC TUE 19.30           344,500 2.03 Sky Sports Main Event
17 CALL THE MIDWIFE SUN 20.00           343,700 1.73 Drama/Neal Street Productions
18 THE INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES TUE 20.00           334,900 1.91 Drama
19 BANGERS & CASH THU 20.00           327,100 1.79 Yesterday/Air Television
20 FIND IT, FIX IT, FLOG IT TUE 19.00           325,300 2.06 Quest/HCA Entertainment/Yeti Television
21 WOULD I LIE TO YOU? FRI 19.50           293,400 1.63 Dave/Zeppotron
22 ARE YOU BEING SERVED? FRI 18.00           291,600 2.18 Drama
23 THE WALKING DEAD MON 21.00           274,800 1.39 Fox
24 WHEELER DEALERS THU 21.00           274,200 1.64 Quest/Betty
25 THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES SAT 18.00           269,400 1.68 Drama
26 RESIDENT ALIEN THU 21.00           265,700 1.59 Sky 1
27 GREAT BRITISH RAILWAY JOURNEYS WED 19.30           265,300 1.67 Yesterday/Naked
28 ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE WED 21.40           263,700 1.73 Yesterday
29 NEW TRICKS WED 22.00           261,500 2.37 Drama
30 DALZIEL AND PASCOE THU 20.00           241,100 1.38 Drama
31 SCRAP KINGS TUE 21.00           240,500 1.40 Quest/Back2Back Productions
32 GREAT BRITISH RAILWAY JOURNEYS GOES TO IRELAND TUE 19.30           235,100 1.45 Yesterday/Naked
33 FATHER BROWN SAT 20.00           234,900 1.28 Drama
34 LIVE: BIRMINGHAM V SWANSEA FRI 19.30           231,400 1.31 Sky Sports Main Event
35 SOPHY RIDGE ON SUNDAY SUN 8.30           231,000 4.84 Sky News
36 ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP MON 20.00           228,400 1.25 Really/STV Studios
37 SKY SPORTS NEWS FRI 16.00           221,500 2.44 Sky Sports News
38 THE YORKSHIRE AUCTION HOUSE MON 21.00           220,800 1.12 Really
39 JUDGE JOHN DEED WED 20.00           218,400 1.19 Drama
40 THE BILL THU 12.00           214,700 3.69 Drama
41 POLICE INTERCEPTORS THU 20.00           214,200 1.17 Paramount Network/Raw Cut Television
42 TASKMASTER MON 22.00           205,800 1.56 Dave/Avalon
43 TRAFFIC COPS FRI 20.00           202,600 1.12 Paramount Network
44 GILLETTE SOCCER SATURDAY SAT 15.00           202,000 2.69 Sky Sports News
45 MAGNUM P.I. SUN 21.00           198,100 0.94 Sky 1
46 LIVE: SCOTLAND V FAROE ISLANDS WED 19.00           197,600 1.17 Sky Sports Main Event
47 HYPOTHETICAL WED 22.00           191,300 1.57 Dave/Hat Trick Productions
48 WINTER ROAD RESCUE THU 21.00           190,500 1.14 Paramount Network
48 MORTIMER & WHITEHOUSE: GONE FISHING SUN 20.00           190,500 0.99 Dave/Owl Power
50 ROOM 101 WED 20.20           190,100 0.99 Dave/Hat Trick Productions

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