TV Ratings Chart Top 10: Week Ending 16/03/12

So it’s Sunday so it’s time for the latest ratings Top 10 and as ever no long running gubbins like Countryfile or one-off live events like sports or music.

1 [1] Dancing on Ice (Sun, ITV1)
Kicking off with the quarter finals of the ice dancing show which is destined to be at the top of the chart for just one more week until we get the big BGT/Voice battle next Saturday. Not much to report other than Chemmy Alcott was the latest star to be eliminated and everyone else danced quite well. This is the reason that there are strong rumors about this being the final series as there aren’t many talking points coming out of each episode.

2 [New] Scott & Bailey (Mon, ITV1)
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You will read about my love of us this show elsewhere on this site so I won’t go on about it too much but it seems to be that a show fronted by two very talented female actresses can indeed as, if not better than, cop shows fronted by men. Sure this has two established names but people wouldn’t have come back for more had it not been for the great writing and gripping mysteries that are the centre of Scott & Bailey. Indeed it has done better than the programme it replaced in this timeslot, that being Whitechapel, mainly because it is a lot more coherent and less far-fetched. Good on all involved as for once it’s good to see a decent drama doing well in the ratings and hopefully this will continue on week-to-week basis.

3 [3] Wild at Heart (Sun, ITV1)
The final episode of this season of Wild at Heart may well be its last ever episode though fans have launched a last ditch attempt to save it but to be fair it’s a comfy escapist drama that people would watch even if there was no storyline per se.

4 [2] Benidorm (Fri, ITV1)
A tumble down the chart for the bawdy but enjoyable ITV1 sitcom in which Sherrie Hewson has been a surprise hit and despite being on Friday night this is again a large ratings winner.

5 [9] Masterchef: The Final (Thurs, BBC1)
The highest rated BBC1 programme that is eligible for my chart isn’t a big surprise as everybody wanted to see who the winner was despite us all secretly knowing that Shelina was going to win.

6 [5] Let’s Dance for Sport Relief (Sat, BBC1)
The last episode before last night’s final saw eventual winner Rowland Rivron go through to the last stage of the contest alongside Fatima Whitbred and The Cuban Brothers. It’s nice to see everybody doing their bit for charity ahead of the commercial onslaught of The Voice.

7 [6] Upstairs Downstairs (Sun, BBC1)
The Sunday night drama continues to slide down the chart as poorly written episodes and hard to relate to characters see viewers go elsewhere, for example to the excellent Homeland, and this is before it has to go up against Julian Fellowes’ version of the Titanic story.

8 [7] Harry Hill’s TV Burp (Sat, ITV1)
More surreal TV clips and bizarre commentary as Hill continues to dominate in what will be his final series.

9 [8] Take Me Out (Sat, ITV1)
A bit of a drop this week for Take Me Out due to its positioning against Let’s Dance something that I’m sure will follow when it is up against the final.

10 [10] Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (Tues, C4)
Big dresses but for me little interest as the general public’s need to see these horrible people continues to baffle me.

More ratings same time, same place, next week.

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