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


Category Archives: Viewings


Wednesday 23rd April 2014

 

The Ricky Gervais comedy drama Derek returned for a second season on Channel 4 at 10pm. The show, about a group of misfits, averaged above-benchmark overnights audiences of 1.4m (7.2%) for its first season, when it ran from January to March in 2013.  This was a strong performance, although numbers did decline slightly through the course of the season.  However, consolidated viewing figures raised the audience average to just under 2m.

Season 2 began with a creditable 1.6m (9.2%), and provided a strong lead-in for C4′s other new comedy, Game Face.  However, the Roisin Conaty show about a woman called Marcella, trying to sort out her life with the assistance of friends, a life coach and her driving instructor, could only muster 684,700 (4.9%) from 10.35pm.  Will this manage to pick up an audience from time-shifted viewing via recordings?  We’ll have to wait until next week to see.

 

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Tuesday 22nd April 2014

 

Atletico Madrid v ChelseaLive coverage of the UEFA Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea was a winner for ITV, averaging an audience of 5.2m (22.7%) from 7.30pm.  This was enough to win its timeslot from 8pm, after the end of EastEnders on BBC1 (which had the highest audience of the day across all channels, with 8.4m).  This was a strong performance, as it overcame both Holby City and Jamaica Inn, although these may well benefit from time-shifted viewing of recordings. The audience for Jamaica Inn had dropped considerably from its first episode – down to 4.4m (18.9%) from its premiere episode’s 6.1m (25.1%).

 

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Monday 21st April 2014

 
UK TV Ratings Monday 21st 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.
 

Will there still be a cuddly toy?

Broadcastnow reports that the BBC is considering reviving The Generation Game, the Saturday-night family entertainment show that launched in 1971 and, hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Anthea Redfern, attracted up to 20m viewers.  Subsequent hosts include Larry Grayson and  Jim Davidson.  If the show is revived, it may have its first female host, with Miranda Hart’s name at the top of the list.

 

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Week 14th-20th April 2014

UK TV RATINGS Wk 14th-20th 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.

 

HOPE ALL OUR CLIENTS AND READERS ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL EASTER WEEKEND.

 

 

 

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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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