Attentional's ScreenWatch blog comments on viewing figures for UK TV content, using BARB overnight ratings.


Wednesday 16th April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Wednesday 16th April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.
 

Independent News

In another good bit of news for UK indie production, the new controller of BBC2, Kim Shillingshaw, is set to “woo” indies as she tries to balance a mix of genres that is new to her, after her stint as head of science and natural history commissioning. BBC4 will also come under Shillingshaw’s remit, however her start date has not yet been announced.

 

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Tuesday 15th April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Tuesday 15th April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.
 

Speeding things up

Indies seeking commissions from UKTV may be cheered by the news that the company’s newly appointed director of programming, Richard Watsham, is committed to responding to pitches from independent producers within two weeks of their submission.  He has also announced a strategy to launch all commissions on flagship channels, before repeating them on the relevant genre channels within the group’s portfolio.

 

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Monday 14th April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Monday 14th April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.
 

Flying High

The attempt by climber Joby Ogwyn to  be the first person to jump from the peak of Mount Everest is to be filmed by Peacock Productions for the Discovery Channel.  The two-hour live coverage of the event, in which the wing-suited climber will make the leap, will follow five days of programming following the climb to reach the summit.  The 11th of May is the date set for the event, weather permitting.

 

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7th – 13th April 2014

UK TV RATINGS Wk 7th-13th April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.

It’s Back!

BGT 2014Spring is with us, so Britain’s Got Talent is back with us once again.  With a start delayed by FA Cup football running into extra time and penalties, BGT still managed to be the highest rated programme on TV in the UK in the past seven days. The judging lineup features Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, and there is a slight twist this year in that there is a “golden buzzer”, and each of the judges has the opportunity to send one act straight through to the semi-finals by hitting it – a bit like playing a joker.  In the first audition round, Amanda Holden deployed the golden buzzer to put a ballroom dance act, Paddy and Nico, straight through.

The launch audience of 11.1m (47.3%) bodes well for this year’s run, as it was an increase on the 2013 launch figure of 10.6m (41.8%).

 

 

 

 

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Thursday 10th April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Thursday 10th April 2014 B The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.
 

New Kid on the Block

Following the resignation of Maria Miller as Culture Secretary, her replacement, Sajid Javid, has put the BBC charter renewal process at the top of his priority list of broadcast policy. Javid, the MP for Bromsgrove, will no doubt be talking to the BBC director of strategy and digital – another former culture secretary (under Labour), James Parnell, in advance of the official negotiations which are likely to begin in 2015.

 

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Wednesday 9th April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Wednesday 9th April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.
 

The end of the WoCC

The Window of Creative Competition (WoCC) is to be reviewed by the BBC Trust, in a move that is expected to end the current guarantees.  ITV has already signalled that it believes the BBC should be outsourcing more of its production, and for all BBC in-house guarantees to be abolished.  However, the Trust’s review is charged with coming up with recommendations that will be both “practical and deliverable”.

 

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Tuesday 8th April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Tuesday 8th April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.
 

One plus one

ITV and Channel 4 have come out strongly against plans to launch a BBC1+1 service, which they believe would have an adverse effect on their channel share and advertising revenue. The BBC is planning to launch the time-shift service in place of BBC3, if they receive the necessary approval to put the youth-oriented channel online instead.

 

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Monday 7th April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Monday 7th April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.
 

Record breaker

Channel 4 has received 27 BAFTA nominations this year, a record for the channel and more than any other broadcaster.  Two shows received four nominations each – the drama Southcliffe, and the final episode of The IT Crowd. BBC1 and BBC2 have each received 17 nominations.

 

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Week 31st March – 6th April 2014

UK TV RATINGS Wk 31st March - 6th April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.

 

Fields of blood

The Crimson FieldBBC1 launched a new drama, The Crimson Field at 9pm as part of their First World War season.  The story follows the work of volunteer nurses in a field hospital in northern France, and stars Hermione Norris, Suranne Jones and Oona Chaplin.

The first episode introduced the volunteers to the reality of life and death on the battlefield.  Traumatised soldiers were seen being treated sympathetically by the medical staff, but treated as canon-fodder by the military commanders.  One young volunteer, charged with scrubbing clean the bloody bandages, finds severed toes in the pile of material, and is told just to get used to it.

The audience for the first episode was a strong 6.1m (26.1%) and, not surprisingly given the period in which the drama is set, attracted a higher proportion of viewers in the 65+ age group than the slot benchmark: more than 44% of viewers fell into this age range.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday 3rd April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Thursday 3rd April 2014The above table shows the single top performing titles each week by selected genre, based on BARB overnight data. Figures are for channel totals where applicable.
 

Prime Target

The prime minister, David Cameron, has waded into the debate over how the BBC should spend the licence fee, suggesting it should produce more long-running homegrown scripted hits, rather than buying in foreign content such as The Killing.  Mr Cameron also questioned why the BBC produces only short runs of particularly successful titles, such as The Office. However, a BBC spokesperson pointed out that the vast majority of scripted content on the BBC is homegrown, and includes many runaway hits, such as Sherlock, Call the Midwife, and Doctor Who.

 

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