Another week of ratings so let’s get started.
1  Strictly Come Dancing (Sat, BBC1)
So after years of being second best it seems that Strictly has overtaken The X-Factor with their second Saturday show overtaking both The X-Factor’s Saturday and Sunday shows. This week was the first time that the celebrities were in trouble of being voted off and while Jerry Hall, Michael Vaughn and Richard Arnold were all in the danger zone it was top marks for Denise Van Outen, Louis Smith and the surprise of the contest in Lisa Riley. To me this is one of the best Strictly series in a long while the judging line-up is an improvement with Darcy calming down her posh asides and Craig actually trying to be positive.
2  Downton Abbey (Sun, ITV1)
A tragedy on Downton boosts its figures and sees it reclaim its Sunday night crown as it faces little competition from either Homeland or Andrew Marr
3  The X-Factor (Sun, ITV1)
Simon Cowell must be fuming as his talent show drops to third place on Love and Heartbreak week’s results show seeing Melanie Masson being voted over boy band District 3.
4  New Tricks (Mon, BBC1)
A strong showing for the penultimate episode of this ever popular crime drama.
5  The Great British Bake-Off (Tues, BBC2)
I don’t think anybody expected the Bake-Off to do as well as it has but the final raked it an average of well over 6 million with a peak that overtook New Tricks we saw John become the surprise winner over favourites Brendan and James. The success of this series of the Bake-Off has resulted in it being moved to BBC1 next year while an American version of the show is also in the works.
6  Merlin (Sat, BBC1)
Merlin continues to pack in the family audiences and with people now seemingly turning away from The X-Factor this is the ideal alternative.
7  Have I Got News For You (Fri, BBC1)
HIGNFY continues to succeed in the ratings as we got another week of satirical goodness from Paul, Ian and company.
8  The Paradise (Tues, BBC1)
A rain-soaked pitch in the Poland Vs England football match meant that the BBC had the lion’s share of the 9pm audience for their department store set costume drama which continues to impress.
9  Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs (Mon, ITV1)
Who knew that a programme about Battersea Dogs Home would be one of ITV’s most successful ratings grabbers of the year however with the ever-popular O’Grady on board this show’s audience has grown throughout its run.
10  DCI Banks (Wed, ITV1)
With Who Do You Think You Are on the way out it’s Stephen Tompkinson’s melancholy police drama that has taken over on Wednesday nights though it’s a bit too depressing for my tastes.
Next week on the Ratings Chart we’ll see the ongoing battle between the two Saturday night talent shows.