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


Week 8th – 14th October 2012

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.

Fresh Meat returned to C4 for a second series on Tuesday at 10pm. The sitcom, from Objective Productions and Lime Pictures, centres on the lives of a group of student housemates at University and stars Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners) and Jack Whitehall (Bad Education).

The show is written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show) and first aired in September 2011. The first series saw Jack Whitehall make his acting debut and attracted 1.5m (8.4%) for the opening episode. Over the course of eight episodes, on Wednesday nights at 10pm, the show averaged audiences of 1m (5.7%). Episode 7 was premiered on the C4 catch-up service, 4OD.

The show went on to win a host of awards including Best New Comedy (British Comedy Awards 2011) Best TV Show (NME Awards 2012) and Best Scripted Comedy (RTS 2012).

The second series sees the students returning to University for the Spring term. C4 has used Twitter to promote the start of the second series, hosting a live-stream-question-and-answer session with actors Jack Whitehall and Joe Thomas the day of the launch. This was the second time Twitter has hosted a live stream of an event in the UK. The first was for the premiere of the film TinTin for Paramount Pictures.

Series two began with an episode that saw the six main characters searching for a new housemate. An audience of 878,100 (5.4%) watched on C4 at 10pm, the +1 channel attracted 197,200 (2.3%).

New Titles

Nurse Jackie returned to Sky Atlantic for a fourth series on Tuesday at 10.35pm with 17,300 (0.1%).

DCI Banks was back on ITV1 for a second series on Wednesday at 9pm. An audience of 4.1m (17.9%) watched.

Me and Mrs Jones, a comedy series from Hartswood Films & Serena Cullen Productions, began a six-part run on BBC1 on Friday with 3.1m (14.2%).

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