Second series of muckumentary on Dave identical to first run’s opener 14 months ago

Dave’s second series of the semi-real Richardsons got off to a familiar start, while Sky News got an expected boost on Friday following the passing of Prince Philip.

Meet the Richardsons opened on Thursday at 10pm with 338,000/3% – almost exactly the same as series one’s opener on 27 February 2020 at 10pm (337,000/3%) and more than the Christmas special on 9 December at 10pm (233,000/2%).

This year’s opener gathered up 29,000/2% 16-34s – some way behind 2020’s launch (61,000/5%) but slightly more than 9 December’s Christmas special (25,000/2%).

The second series opener was bigger than Tuesday 2 February’s 10pm launch of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (292,000/2%) but took slightly fewer 16-34s than its predecessor (39,000/3%). Including Friday’s narrative repeat at 11.25pm (53,000/0.9%), Meet the Richardsons totalled 391,000 individuals and 45,000 16-34s – fewer than series one’s debut after 2 outings (428,000 and 94,000 respectively).

From mid-day on Friday – during which time the announcement of the death of the Duke Of Edinburgh was made – to 6pm, Sky News averaged 186,000/2%. This was nearly three times the same slot average over the previous four days (68,000/0.8%).

In 6pm-11pm peak, it averaged 103,000/0.7%, 1.5 times bigger than Monday to Thursday (68,000/0.4%).

Sky News’ highest hour in peak was between 6pm and 7pm (146,000/1%), double the Monday- Thursday slot average (74,000/0.5%). Interestingly 10pm-11pm’s average (104,000/0.8%) was fractionally behind Monday-Thursday’s 106,000/0.8%.

Sky News’ peak average for ABC1s (55,000/0.8%) was over 1.5 times bigger than the previous four-day average. For ABC1s, the 6-7pm segment (89,000/1%) was also Sky News’ best, over 2.5 times bigger than Monday-Thursday’s 33,000/0.5%.

Top 50 Non-PSB programmes - 5 - 11 April
 TitleDayStartViewers (000s) (all homes)Share (%)Broadcaster/producer
1 LIVE: TOTTENHAM V MANCHESTER UNITED Sun 16.00        1,496,300 11.06 Sky Sports Main Event
2 LIVE: WEST HAM V LEICESTER Sun 14.00        1,135,900 12.99 Sky Sports Main Event
3 LIVE: REAL MADRID V LIVERPOOL Tue 19.00           909,200 5.00 BT Sport 2
4 LIVE: MANCHESTER CITY V LEEDS UTD Sat 11.30           845,700 9.48 BT Sport 1
5 LIVE PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL V ASTON VILLA Sat 14.30           818,800 7.63 Sky Sports Main Event
6 LIVE: WOLVES V WEST HAM Mon 20.00           583,600 3.46 Sky Sports Main Event
7 LIVE: CRYSTAL PALACE V CHELSEA Sat 17.00           556,900 3.28 Sky Sports Main Event
8 LIVE: SHEFFIELD UNITED V ARSENAL Sun 18.30           544,700 2.96 BT Sport 1
9 LIVE: GRANADA V MANCHESTER UNITED Thu 19.15           538,300 3.08 BT Sport 2
10 LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE Fri 19.20           527,400 3.37 Drama
11 LIVE: MASTERS GOLF Sun 19.00           460,800 3.19 Sky Sports Golf
12 LIVE: EVERTON V CRYSTAL PALACE Mon 17.00           429,300 2.58 Sky Sports Main Event
13 FATHER BROWN Sat 20.00           413,500 2.23 Drama
14 LIVE: BURNLEY V NEWCASTLE Sun 11.00           412,300 5.57 Sky Sports Main Event
15 LIVE: BAYERN MUNICH V PSG Wed 19.15           408,400 2.26 BT Sport 3
16 QI XL Mon 21.00           401,700 2.14 Dave/Talkback
17 LIVE: MANCHESTER CITY V DORTMUND Tue 19.00           400,600 2.20 BT Sport 3
18 SALVAGE HUNTERS Fri 20.00           398,300 2.55 Quest/Curve Media
19 THE WALKING DEAD Mon 21.00           387,500 2.06 Fox
20 LIVE: PORTO V CHELSEA Wed 19.00           377,800 2.15 BT Sport 2
21 INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY Mon 20.00           364,500 1.92 Drama
22 THE REPAIR SHOP Sun 21.00           342,400 1.59 Quest/Ricochet
23 BANGERS & CASH Thu 20.00           338,300 1.80 Yesterday/Air Television
24 MEET THE RICHARDSONS Thu 22.00           338,100 2.46 Dave/Second Act Productions
25 SALVAGE HUNTERS: THE RESTORERS Wed 21.00           334,300 1.88 Quest/Curve Media
26 ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP Fri 20.00           332,600 2.13 Really/STV Studios
27 LIVE: ARSENAL V SLAVIA PRAGUE Thu 19.15           327,600 1.87 BT Sport 1
28 THE INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES Tue 20.00           314,800 1.61 Drama
29 GILLETTE SOCCER SATURDAY Sat 15.00           310,100 2.80 Sky Sports News
30 LIVE: FULHAM V WOLVES Fri 19.30           307,800 1.94 BT Sport 1
31 LIVE: FROM THE MASTERS Sat 19.00           305,600 1.70 Sky Sports Golf
32 CALL THE MIDWIFE Sun 20.00           304,300 1.54 Drama/Neal Street Productions
33 FIND IT, FIX IT, FLOG IT Fri 19.00           304,100 1.94 Quest
34 HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES Fri 20.00           297,400 1.91 Drama
35 TRAFFIC COPS Fri 20.00           290,900 1.87 Paramount Network
36 THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES Sat 18.00           290,100 1.65 Drama
37 WOULD I LIE TO YOU? Fri 19.00           288,700 1.84 Dave/Zeppotron
38 CELEBRITY MONEY FOR NOTHING Fri 18.00           273,300 1.82 Really/Friel Kean Films
39 DALZIEL AND PASCOE Thu 20.00           268,300 1.43 Drama
40 NEW TRICKS Thu 22.00           265,800 2.36 Drama
41 WAITING FOR GOD Mon 18.00           261,400 1.60 Drama
41 GREY’S ANATOMY Wed 21.00           261,400 1.47 Sky Witness
43 SCRAP KINGS Tue 21.00           252,000 1.32 Quest/Back2Back Productions
44 THE SIMPSONS Fri 19.30           249,800 1.60 Sky 1
45 GREAT BRITISH RAILWAY JOURNEYS Tue 19.30           247,100 1.38 Yesterday/Naked
46 TOP GEAR Fri 17.00           240,900 2.13 Dave
47 POLICE INTERCEPTORS Thu 20.00           237,300 1.26 Paramount Network
48 MOCK THE WEEK Mon 23.00           237,200 3.62 Dave/Angst Productions
49 ROOM 101 Fri 19.40           236,800 1.52 Dave/Hat Trick Productions
50 LIVE: EXETER CHIEFS V LEINSTER Sat 17.15           236,100 1.38 BT Sport 2

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