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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
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