MONDAY: BBC1’s Silent Witness edged Ant and Dec’s Prince Charles documentary on a strong night for TV viewing.

Ant & Dec

Silent Witness (BBC1) 9pm-10pm
6.6m (27.8%)

The long-running in-house drama won the 9pm slot, but was unable to match last year’s series opener, which drew 6.7m (29.5%) on Tuesday 6 January.

Silent Witness smashed BBC1’s slot average of 3.6m (16.4%) for the past 12 months. Some 60% of the audience was aged 55 or over.

Opposite, Spun Gold’s When Ant and Dec Met The Prince aired to 5.8m (26.2%) viewers as the heir to the throne discussed his involvement with The Prince’s Trust.

It was well ahead of ITV’s 3.8m (18.9%) slot average, while almost two-thirds (64%) of viewers were female.

The Undateables (C4) 9pm-10pm
2.1m (9%)

Betty’s format held up well against the competition, according to Barb data provided by

Although it was unable to match the 2.4m (9.6%) who tuned in for the fifth series opener in January 2015, it easily wooed more than the 1.7m (7.8%) slot average.

Immortal Egypt with Joanna Fletcher got underway on BBC2 with 1.3m (5.6%), while World’s Most Dangerous Prison locked up 980,000 (4.1%) for Channel 5.

Insert Name Here (BBC2) 10pm-10.30pm
920,000 (4.7%)

12 Yard Productions and Black Dog’s comedy panel show, hosted by Sue Perkins with team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman, narrowly missed out on the 1m (5.8%) slot average.

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