Ratings Chart: Week Ending 12/10/12

Here we go then with another week of TV ratings goodness.

1 [2] The X-Factor (Sun, ITV1)
So Saturday night’s first live show didn’t do particularly well in terms of ratings however,as I assume it will be for the rest of the year, the Sunday results show did better. As we all know by now we saw the controversy involving Rylan, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh dominate the proceedings while on Saturday Chris Maloney became the 13th act in the contest.

2 [1] Downton Abbey (Sun, ITV1)
So the introduction of new servants to Downton wasn’t enough to maintain its ratings chart crown as this fourth episode slipped slightly but nevertheless bought in tons of viewers to see the frantic behaviour of Branson and Isobel’s attempts to help Ethel.

3 [3] Strictly Come Dancing (Sat, BBC1)
So Strictly edged out the X-Factor’s ratings for the first Saturday they’re both on the air as we saw the other eight performers take to the floor with Lisa Riley and Sid Owen surprising while Louis Smith proved why he’s my favourite to win the entire contest.

4 [4] New Tricks (Mon, BBC1)
Nothing new I can really say about New Tricks apart from the fact that it continues to perform strongly in this ratings chart.

5 [8] The Great British Bake-Off (Tues, BBC2)
I think I’ll make a bet with all the readers of the site now in that this time next year The Great British Bake-Off will be on BBC1. The programme gets two and half million viewers more than anything on BBC2, its nearest rival is University Challenge, while it’s one of the most talked about programmes across social media. This French-themed semi-final saw choux pastry and a pretty tricky technical challenge while one of the quartet fell at the final hurdle.

6 [New] Merlin (Mon, BBC1)
merlin 5 2 Ratings Chart: Week Ending 12/10/12
Despite being up against the almighty X-Factor, Merlin’s return was heralded by a predominantly family crowd who are glad to have the continuing adventures of Camelot back on their TV once again.

7 [New] Have I Got News For You (Fri, BBC1)
The satirical news quiz returns for what seems like its 800th series which I’m sure got some extra viewers thanks to the intrigue of what would be said about the Jimmy Saville investigation.

8 [6] The Paradise (Tues, BBC1)
A tumble for the shop-based drama this week where a baby was bought to the shop and Miss Audrey had a warning for Denise.

9 [Re] Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs (Mon, ITV1)
One of the surprise ratings hits of the year is the combination of cute dogs and Paul O’Grady’s warm personality I’m sure ITV are glad they snapped him up when they did.

10 [New] DCI Banks (Wed, ITV1)
The early return of Stephen Tompkinson’s melancholy detective drama was enough to topple Who Do You Think You Are? from the top of the Wednesday night ratings tree as well as making it into this week’s top 10.

Next time more from the weekend ratings battle plus how will the final of the Bake-Off do?

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