A bit of a shake-up in the first ratings chart of October
1  Downton Abbey (Sun, ITV1)
So yes it seems that the costume drama come soap opera has done the unthinkable and risen above the reality show madness to become the highest rated programme of the week. The episode, that featured Lady Edith’s aborted marriage, garnered tens of millions of viewers and marked this series out as one of the most popular dramas in years.
2  The X-Factor (Sun, ITV1)
Trailing a close second was Sunday’s X-Factor show in which we found out which 12 acts had made into the live shows which I’m sure most people didn’t watch all the way through as it was far too emotionally traumatic.
3 [Re] Strictly Come Dancing (Fri, BBC1)
After the Launch Show a few weeks back the real thing kicked off as Strictly saw the first six celebrity dancers including a nightmare cha cha for Victoria Pendelton, a smooth waltz for Denise Van Outen and the emergence of a dark horse in Colin Salmon
4  New Tricks (Mon, BBC1)
Still the BBC’s best performing drama by a long margin, New Tricks continues to impress viewers on a Monday night and obliterating the competition in the process.
5  Doctor Who (Sat, BBC1)
The angels took Manhattan and ultimately Amy and Rory in the final adventure for the Ponds which saw the returns of both River Song and those dastardly statues. I have to say I didn’t think the episode back as much of an emotional wallop as others did however I did almost tear up watching it the second time around.
6  The Paradise (Tues, BBC1)
BBC’s shop drama continues to impress on Tuesday nights with its plush settings and confident supporting cast though I personally don’t see the attraction.
7 [New] Hunted (Thurs, BBC1)
The only real new programme in this week’s top 10 is this tense spy drama from the writer of The X-Files and the production team that bought you Spooks. Hunted had a confident first half hour with plenty of action and then some quiet time however things really petered out in the second half of the episode. It seems that htis spy drama isn’t for everyone as I’ve heard a lot of negative comments directed at it and I doubt we’ll see it in next week’s Top 10.
8  The Great British Bake-Off (Tues, BBC2)
The Bake-Off’s ratings continue to rise as we head to quarter-final week with biscuits on offer we saw melting chocolate, James’ star baker birthday bonanza and ultimately Katherine’s exit.
9 [Re] Mrs Biggs (Wed, ITV1)
The final episode of this confident biopic saw Sheridan Smith’s Charmian left heartbroken as Ronnie skipped off to Brazil and met another woman.
10  Fake or Fortune (Sun, BBC1)
More antiques based nonsense with Fiona Bruce is the perfect fit on Sunday nights to accompany the ineligible Countryfile and Antiques Roadshow.
Next week we’ll see how weekends develop with the introduction of Merlin and The X-Factor results show.