OK so it’s already Tuesday apologies for presenting last weeks’ ratings this week but several obstacles such as horses and gay hairdressers have meant that this is the first time I am able to write this up.
1  The Voice (Sat, BBC1)
So as the battles rage on between the Saturday night talent shows with the blind audition stages of The Voice getting further to the finishing line it seems the BBC are finally pipping their ITV rivals to the post in terms of average ratings and especially during that 20 minute overlap. I personally will be glad when we move on to the other stages of the competition but I’m glad that something fresh has succeeded in the talent show market.
2  Britain’s Got Talent (Sat, ITV1)
So it seems that the overlap will soon disappear as Simon Cowell and company have realised that they are losing a significant amount of viewers during the opening section. I personally think it’s a shame as this episode was the most enjoyable so far combining entertaining novelty acts such as The Zimmers with very talented singers and dancers. However I do think it makes sense to end the overlap as there’s a lot of people, like myself, who do want to watch both shows.
3  The Apprentice (Wed, BBC1)
So after a few weeks languishing near the bottom of the top five it seems The Apprentice has found its rightful place behind the two talent shows. This week’s show was all about selling junk as both teams went for the Brick Lane vintage market. Jane became the third woman in a row to leave the process after being completely counter-productive and only selling £10 worth of stock to which I say good riddance.
4  Silent Witness (Sun, BBC1)
More forensic nonsense seems to appeal to a certain audience who are able to follow a story over two nights but saying that the ratings always seem to drop between the first and second episode.
5 [New] Have I Got News For You (Fri, BBC1)
So BBC’s Friday night comedy line-up seems to have cleaned up in the ratings due to the absence of Benidorm and the fact that the show at Number 10 was on the other side. This week’s show was hosted by the always reliable Stephen Magnan and featured Miles Jupp and Grace Dent as guests. Since the show aired there has been the controversy surrounding a man on Twitter making fun of Dent’s look only for him to realise that his PR firm represented her. However I’m not here to talk about that instead the show was as funny as ever with witty word-play and the ever present chemistry between Hislop and Merton most importantly it still feels fresh after over 20 years.
6  The Syndicate (Tues, BBC1)
Kay Mellor’s lottery drama continues to charm viewers with its easy-to-follow story and likeable characters. This week’s series focused on Timothy Spall’s Bob the manager of the supermarket who discovered he had an inoperable brain tumour but decided to use his lottery money to journey to South Africa in order to get experimental surgery. I have enjoyed this show mainly due to a likeable cast and characters that generally ring true.
7 [New] Long Lost Family (Thurs, ITV1)
This weepy reunion show, sort of a cross between Surprise Surprise and Who Do You Think You Are, returns for a second series that saw Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall try to track down long lost relatives who haven’t seen their mothers or children since they were babies. On this programme a son was desperately trying to find the mother who had given him away while another mother was trying to find the daughter she had to give away due to money issues. This programme really draws people in and keeps them watching to see the reunions you can see what I think of the show in my review coming up soon in the blog.
8  Scott & Bailey (Mon, ITV1)
In this week’s Scott & Bailey, which continues to do steady ratings, Janet Scott came face-to-face with the man who stabbed her for the first time since the incident. While the team also had to solve the murder of a young Asian taxi driver a crime that was most likely to be race-related. As I’ve said several times this is an incredibly well-written cop show that deserves to be watched by more people.
9 [New] Not Going Out (Fri, BBC1)
Another entry in the BBC Friday night comedy line-up which again will be reviewed in the blog proper shortly so I won’t discuss it in much detail here. What I will say is that it’s nice to see a mainstream sitcom which has some very old-school laughs feature in the top ten however I suspect most of it will be due to the lead in that Have I Got News For You provided also it will be interesting to see if it keeps up this rating in the coming weeks.
10 [New] Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (Fri, ITV1)
Apparently Morgan claimed his interview show would triumph over Ian Hislop and his show Have I Got News For You. It was then a sweet victory for Hislop when HIGNFY did significantly better than the programme in which Morgan met William Roache the man who has played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street for the past twenty years. Part of the reason for the depleted ratings may be that a lot of people already knew some of the stories in this episode due to press stories related to Roache’s many notches on his bedpost. Maybe though people have grown tired of Morgan generally and his subjects who are occasionally not that interesting.
I do promise that a proper blog will follow with reviews of Derek, Not Going Out, The Matt Lucas Awards and Long Lost Family.