1.00 2.13 9.90 1.01 6.86 BBC2 24 28 Without a Trace
Ever since I read Edinburgh Festival reports that BBC1 controller Peter Fincham hopes to wean his bosses off a "heroin-like" addiction to ratings, I have been considering my own exposure to them. I had thought my lifestyle was reasonably balanced - don't drink, don't smoke, eat brown bread etc, but I do write a weekly ratings column. To paraphrase Hunter S Thompson on the campaign trail in 1972, "Am I turning into a ratings junkie?" Thompson went on: "It's not a happy thought - particularly when I see what it's done to all the others." You can understand why Fincham would want to depend less on ratings to guide his decisions, but it might put him on an unusual trajectory. My recommendation for a BBC1 ratings-detox would be cutting down EastEnders to three a week and limiting Holby City to 13 episodes a year. Obviously, this might present the BBC1 controller with something of a dilemma because even the loss of the weakest EastEnders, on Tuesday at 7.30pm, would take out 8.22 million. And when that is added to the 6.2 million watching Holby on Tuesday at 8pm, it would put a dent into BBC1's 32% primetime share, its strongest night of the week. A closer reading of Fincham's speech indicates that he has already identified another formatted genre - docu-soaps - as the problem. It is true they do look tired: if in doubt, watch Disaster Masters on BBC1 on Monday at 8.30pm with 3.3 million, 15% share. But on Thursday night, BBC1 had Traffic Cops at 9pm, DIY SOS at 8.30pm, and Trauma at 8pm, with ratings of 5.1 million, 4.7 million and 5 million respectively. Thursday night's share was 26%, the strongest weekday night performance - not an addiction, but definitely a dependency. When you wonder why BBC1 relies so much on formatted drama and factual output, the usual answer is so it can compete with ITV, although it might be argued that - like ITV's relationship with Granada - BBC1's lack of adventure is also down to its relationship with an over-dominant in-house production factory. Meanwhile, ITV1 has its own ratings problems with factual output - Package Holiday Undercover on Tuesday at 8pm had 3.6 million, 18% share, and Airline on Monday at 8pm with 4.1 million, a 19% share. How far should ITV1 go in considering alternatives to celebrities? Would it think again about using acquisitions? It's interesting to wonder whether C4's Lost on Wednesday would be able to deliver to ITV1 the same 5.3 million, 27% share that C4 obtained at 10pm. The good news for ITV1 is the return of The X Factor on Saturday with 6.7 million, 41% share. One thing Fincham need not worry about is the suppressant effect of Big Brother - BBC1's weekly primetime share recovered to 24.5% from last week's 23.5%. Although C4 had 15% share on Wednesday, its weekly primetime share dropped to 8.3%. C4's ratings addicts will have been high as kites thanks to the figures for the cricket on Monday - 3.4 million, 33% share. The closing moments of the match peaked at 7.5 million. When you read this, the final Ashes Test will be under way - in the wise words of Peter Fincham: "Play safe and we won't get there." - philip.reevell@citybroadcasting.co.uk WEEK ENDING: 21 AUGUST BROADCAST/BARB TOP 75 NETWORK PROGRAMMES TITLE/ Day Start Viewers % Viewers % BROADCAST/PRODUCER (m) Share (MCH) Share (MCH) 1 1 Coronation Street Mon 20.00 10.53 46.35 6.60 42.83 ITV1 Granada 2 2 Coronation Street Mon 19.30 10.35 52.99 6.35 48.65 ITV1 Granada 3 3 Coronation Street Sun 19.30 9.59 48.60 6.07 45.78 ITV1 Granada 4 4 Coronation Street Fri 19.30 9.57 49.84 5.91 46.37 ITV1 Granada 5 8 Coronation Street Wed 19.30 9.02 48.71 5.39 43.48 ITV1 Granada 6 5 EastEnders Mon 20.00 8.85 42.88 5.88 41.74 BBC1 7 7 EastEnders Fri 20.00 8.32 41.78 5.52 41.29 BBC1 8 6 EastEnders Thu 19.30 8.29 45.91 5.54 45.36 BBC1 9 11 Emmerdale Mon 19.00 8.22 45.62 4.92 40.93 ITV1 Granada 9 9 EastEnders Tue 19.30 8.22 46.44 5.24 43.91 BBC1 11 10 Silent Witness Mon 21.00 8.02 35.65 5.04 32.14 BBC1 12 12 Emmerdale Fri 19.00 7.85 46.15 4.59 40.72 ITV1 Granada 13 14 Emmerdale Tue 19.00 7.73 47.05 4.51 41.58 ITV1 Granada 14 15 Emmerdale Thu 19.00 7.67 45.75 4.47 39.94 ITV1 Granada 15 16 Silent Witness Tue 21.00 7.38 32.63 4.47 29.43 BBC1 16 13 Casualty Sat 20.20 7.31 36.53 4.52 33.33 BBC1 17 20 Where the Heart Is Sun 20.00 7.02 32.58 4.00 27.61 ITV1 Granada 18 21 Emmerdale Wed 19.00 7.01 43.78 3.95 37.65 ITV1 Granada 19 18 Emmerdale Sun 19.00 6.94 39.48 4.23 36.19 ITV1 Granada 20 17 The X Factor Sat 18.50 6.72 40.84 4.44 39.68 ITV1 Syco Thames 21 19 Holby City Tue 20.00 6.23 31.57 4.02 30.40 BBC1 22 22 The Bill Wed 20.00 6.14 30.64 3.51 25.95 ITV1 Thames 23 23 The Bill Thu 20.00 5.94 29.83 3.33 24.67 ITV1 Thames 24 29 Ten O'Clock News Mon 22.00 5.34 25.79 3.08 21.54 BBC1 25 24 Lost Wed 22.00 5.29 26.68 3.33 24.50 C4 26 28 Nati onal Lottery - In It to Win It Sat 19.30 5.24 29.23 3.08 25.36 BBC1 12 Yard 27 27 Traffic Cops Thu 21.00 5.13 24.22 3.15 21.02 BBC1 Folio 28 40 Poirot Sun 21.00 5.08 24.05 2.60 18.24 ITV1 Granada 29 33 Ten O'Clock News Fri 22.00 5.07 25.66 2.96 21.87 BBC1 30 25 Trauma Thu 20.00 5.00 25.62 3.31 25.09 BBC1 31 36 Double Jeopardy Wed 21.05 4.96 29.39 2.79 23.71 ITV1 32 34 BBC News and Weather Sun 22.00 4.95 24.47 2.89 21.07 BBC1 33 32 Ten O'Clock News Tue 22.00 4.84 24.16 3.00 21.66 BBC1 34 38 The Vicar of Dibley Sat 21.10 4.81 24.39 2.65 19.40 BBC1 Tiger Aspect 35 30 My Family Fri 20.30 4.76 23.41 3.07 22.83 BBC1 DLT Rude Boy 36 26 DIY SOS Thu 20.30 4.73 23.13 3.28 23.58 BBC1 37 31 Bad Lads' Army Thu 21.00 4.67 22.06 3.07 20.49 ITV1 Twenty Twenty 38 35 Supernanny Wed 21.00 4.63 21.67 2.79 18.98 C4 Ricochet 39 39 Ten O'Clock News Wed 22.00 4.49 20.85 2.61 17.74 BBC1 40 37 The Count of Monte Cristo Sun 20.00 4.44 19.51 2.77 18.15 BBC1 41 50 Coast Sun 21.00 4.43 18.43 2.23 13.86 BBC2 41 47 Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Sat 20.00 4.43 22.89 2.35 18.03 ITV1 Celador 43 45 Ten O'Clock News Thu 22.00 4.38 23.10 2.38 17.65 BBC1 44 64 Foyle's War Fri 20.30 4.34 21.04 2.04 14.79 ITV1 Greenlit 45 49 BBC News Sat 22.05 4.31 23.44 2.24 17.58 BBC1 46 54 Coast Fri 21.00 4.14 19.69 2.23 13.86 BBC2 47 51 Airline Mon 20.00 4.11 19.91 2.23 15.85 ITV1 Granada 48 42 Elvis Mania Sat 21.15 4.07 20.74 2.53 18.59 ITV1 Granada 49 43 Transformed Mon 21.00 4.04 18.53 2.43 16.03 ITV1 Granada 50 57 Six O'Clock News Fri 18.00 3.91 25.79 2.12 21.41 BBC1 50 65 ITV News Sun 18.40 3.91 24.77 2.03 19.07 ITV1 ITN 52 41 Kiss the Girls Fri 22.35 3.84 23.08 2.56 18.18 BBC1 53 62 ITV Evening News Tue 18.30 3.80 25.30 2.08 21.19 ITV1 ITN 54 53 ITV Weekend News Sat 21.00 3.76 18.51 2.18 15.73 ITV1 ITN 55 60 ITV Evening News Fri 18.30 3.69 22.88 2.11 20.02 ITV1 ITN 56 58 ITV News Wed 22.30 3.67 19.87 2.12 16.61 ITV1 ITN 57 44 Package Holiday Undercover Tue 20.00 3.62 18.38 2.38 18.07 ITV1 Granada 58 52 Extras Thu 21.00 3.58 17.20 2.21 14.90 BBC2 59 69 Six O'Clock News Tue 18.00 3.55 25.78 1.81 20.36 BBC1 60 66 ITV Evening News Thu 18.30 3.54 23.30 2.01 20.05 ITV1 ITN 61 61 National Lottery - Midweek Draw Wed 22.35 3.53 18.58 2.09 16.04 BBC1 62 56 The Catherine Tate Show Thu 21.30 3.48 16.44 2.14 14.13 BBC2 Tiger Aspect 63 46 Crimewatch UK Solved Wed 21.00 3.47 16.27 2.37 16.09 BBC1 63 67 Six O'Clock News Thu 18.00 3.47 24.29 1.94 20.65 BBC1 65 68 Six O'Clock News Wed 18.00 3.43 25.60 1.83 21.28 BBC1 65 72 ITV Evening News Wed 18.30 3.43 23.45 1.78 18.98 ITV1 ITN 67 48 Match of the Day Sat 22.25 3.40 24.24 2.34 22.79 BBC1 68 59 Cricket Afternoon Mon 13.10 3.37 33.00 2.11 31.76 C4 69 63 Disaster Masters Mon 20.30 3.32 14.72 2.07 13.53 BBC1 70 77 ITV Evening News Mon 18.30 3.20 17.40 1.72 14.63 ITV1 ITN 70 74 You Are What You Eat Wed 20.30 3.20 15.77 1.76 12.83 C4 Celador 72 81 Tonight with Trevor McDonald Fri 20.05 3.16 15.81 1.67 12.41 ITV1 Granada 73 55 Should I Worry About? Thu 19.00 3.11 18.79 2.14 19.32 BBC1 74 71 Dr No Sat 18.10 3.06 23.02 1.79 19.84 ITV1 75 77 Weakest Link Sat 17.40 3.02 24.06 1.57 18.29 BBC1 AVERAGES 5.27 28.27 3.15 24.92 Numbers in blue refer to ratings in all homes. Numbers in red refer to ratings in multichannel homes (MCH). Programmes timed under five minutes and omnibus editions (eg soaps) are excluded. Production credits supplied by broadcasters TOP 10 FACTUAL Title Day Start Viewers Channel Last (m) week 1 Lost Wed 22.00 5.29 C4 2 2 Traffic Cops Thu 21.00 5.13 BBC1 - 3 Trauma Thu 20.00 5.00 BBC1 7 4 DIY SO S Thu 20.30 4.73 BBC1 9 5 Bad Lads' Army Thu 21.00 4.67 ITV1 6 6 Supernanny Wed 21.00 4.63 C4 - 7 Coast Sun 21.00 4.43 BBC2 14 8 Coast Fri 21.00 4.14 BBC2 16 9 Airline Mon 20.00 4.11 ITV1 13 10 Transformed Mon 21.00 4.04 ITV1 18 TOP 10 DRAMA Title Day Start Viewers Channel Last (m) week 1 Silent Witness Mon 21.00 8.02 BBC1 2 2 Silent Witness Tue 21.00 7.38 BBC1 6 3 Casualty Sat 20.20 7.31 BBC1 1 4 Where the Heart Is Sun 20.00 7.02 ITV1 3 5 Holby City Tue 20.00 6.23 BBC1 9 6 The Bill Wed 20.00 6.14 ITV1 4 7 The Bill Thu 20.00 5.94 ITV1 5 8 Poirot Sun 21.00 5.08 ITV1 7 9 Foyle's War Fri 20.30 4.34 ITV1 10 10 Taggart Tue 21.00 2.96 ITV1 8 TOP 10 SPORT Title Day Start Viewers Channel Last (m) week 1 Match of the Day Sat 22.25 3.40 BBC1 5 2 Cricket Afternoon Mon 13.10 3.37 C4 - 3 F1 Grand Prix Sun 12.00 2.52 ITV1 - 4 Match of the Day Wed 22.40 2.03 BBC1 - 5 Match of the Day 2 Sun 22.30 1.75 BBC2 27 6 Live Grand Prix Athletics Sun 16.15 1.74 BBC2 - 7 Final Score Sat 16.30 1.70 BBC1 13 8 Cricket Morning Mon 10.00 1.57 C4 - 9 Top 10 Great Mmts Athletics Sat 15.50 1.28 BBC1 - 10 Cricket Lunch Mon 12.40 1.24 C4 - TOP 10 CHILDREN'S Title Day Start Viewers Channel Last (m) week 1 Even Stevens Fri 09.10 0.32 BBC2 - 1 Jackie Chan Adventures Mon 08.45 0.32 BBC2 13 3 Even Stevens Wed 09.10 0.30 BBC2 - 3 The Mummy Wed 08.45 0.30 BBC2 - 3 Taz-Mania Sat 09.25 0.30 BBC1 - 6 The Mummy Fri 08.45 0.29 BBC2 - 7 The Saturday Show Sat 09.45 0.28 BBC1 10 8 What's New Scooby Doo? Sat 10.55 0.27 BBC1 42 8 Newsround Fri 17.25 0.27 BBC1 24 10 Scooby and Scrappy Show Wed 08.30 0.26 BBC2 11 Viewers aged four to 15 only TOP 10 ENTERTAINMENT Title Day Start Viewers Channel Last (m) week 1 The X Factor Sat 18.50 6.72 ITV1 - 2 Nat Lottery - In It to Win It Sat 19.30 5.24 BBC1 1 3 The Vicar of Dibley Sat 21.10 4.81 BBC1 - 4 My Family Fri 20.30 4.76 BBC1 7 5 Who Wants/be/Millionaire? Sat 19.55 4.43 ITV1 4 6 Elvis Mania Sat 21.15 4.07 ITV1 - 7 Extras Thu 21.00 3.58 BBC2 5 8 Nat Lottery - Midweek Draw Wed 22.35 3.53 BBC1 8 9 The Catherine Tate Show Thu 21.30 3.48 BBC2 6 10 Weakest Link Sat 17.45 3.02 BBC1 - CHANNEL OVERVIEW WEEK 33 BBC1 BBC2 ITV1 C4 Five Others Total Average hours per viewer 5.00 2.25 4.65 2.27 1.47 7.34 22.98 Daytime share (%) 18.7 11.9 13.0 11.1 5.5 39.8 100.0 Peaktime share (%) w/c 15.8.05 24.5 9.5 27.2 8.3 6.3 24.3 100.0 Peaktime share (%) w/c 16.8.04 28.3 14.4 25.8 7.5 5.4 18.5 100.0 YEAR TO DATE Average hours per viewer 5.96 2.45 5.41 2.53 1.65 7.39 25.39 Audience share (%) 23.5 9.6 21.3 10.0 6.5 29.1 100.0 Audience share (%) 2004 24.9 10.2 22.7 10.0 6.7 25.4 100.0 TOP 25 BBC2, CHANNEL 4 AND FIVE Title Day Start Viewers Share Viewers Share Chan- (mlns) (%) (MCH) % nel (MCH) 1 1 Lost Wed 22.00 5.29 26.68 3.33 24.50 C4 2 2 Supernanny Wed 21.00 4.63 21.67 2.79 18.98 C4 3 3 Coast Sun 21.00 4.43 18.43 2.23 13.86 BBC2 4 5 Coast Fri 21.00 4.14 19.69 2.16 15.34 BBC2 5 4 Extras Thu 21.00 3.58 17.20 2.21 14.90 BBC2 6 6 The Catherine Tate Show Thu 21.30 3.48 16.44 2.14 14.13 BBC2 7 7 Cricket Afternoon Mon 13.10 3.37 33.00 2.11 31.76 C4 8 9 You Are What You Eat Wed 20.30 3.20 15.77 1.76 12.83 C4 9 16 No Waste Like Home Thu 20.30 2.91 14.33 1.33 9.56 BBC2 10 8 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sat 21.10 2.81 14.25 1.79 13.13 Five 11 13 Gardeners' World Roadshow Fri 20.00 2.77 13.75 1.37 10.20 BBC2 12 11 CSI: Miami Tue 21.00 2.73 12.02 1.58 10.40 Five 13 17 10 Years Younger Tue 20.30 2.66 13.09 1.33 9.79 C4 14 10 CSI: New York Tue 22.00 2.62 14.34 1.59 12.44 Five 15 12 Location, Location, Location Tue 20.00 2.61 13.62 1.41 11.00 C4 16 19 Rick Stein's French Odyssey Wed 20.00 2.55 13.02 1.31 9.96 BBC2 16 20 How Clean Is Your House? Wed 20.00 2.55 12.99 1.30 9.90 C4 18 32 University Challenge: Professionals Mon 20.30 2.41 10.67 1.10 7.11 BBC2 19 18 Weakest Link Fri 17.15 2.38 20.79 1.31 17.01 BBC2 20 15 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Sat 22.10 2.32 14.02 1.34 11.37 Five 21 31 Born to Be Different Tue 21.00 2.22 9.81 1.10 7.22 C4 22 22 Mr Deeds Sun 21.00 2.19 9.10 1.26 7.78 Five 23 44 After the War - Conquering Germany Tue 2 1.00 2.13 9.90 1.01 6.86 BBC2 24 28 Without a Trace Mon 22.00 2.11 11.66 1.16 9.17 C4 25 24 House Thu 22.00 2.10 12.19 1.25 10.10 Five TOP 10 MULTICHANNEL ONLY Title Day Start Viewers Channel Last (m) week 1 Ford Super Sunday Sun 15.35 1.69 Sky Sports 1 1 2 Xtra Factor Sat 19.55 1.45 ITV2 - 3 Lost Wed 23.00 1.33 E4 1 4 International Football Live Wed 18.30 0.96 Sky Sports 2 - 5 The X Factor Sun 20.00 0.90 ITV2 - 6 The Simpsons Sun 19.00 0.88 Sky One - 7 The Simpsons Sun 18.30 0.86 Sky One 5 8 Ford Super Sunday Sun 13.00 0.77 Sky Sports 1 3 9 The Simpsons sun 19.30 0.65 Sky One 10 10 The Simpsons Sun 18.00 0.63 Sky One 13 AUDIENCE SHARE Other - 31.9% (25%) BBC1 - 21.8% (29.2%) ITV1 - 20.2% (19.7%) C4 - 9.9% (8.4%) BBC2 - 9.8% (11.6%) Five - 6.4% (5.9%) Audience share, week ending 21 August 2005 Figure in brackets is for the same week in 2004