Time for a catch-up on the Ratings Chart
1  Strictly Come Dancing (Sat, BBC1)
A fantastic week for Strictly as it went to the movies and moved ahead of The X-Factor on both Saturday and Sunday night. I think that the BBC1 Saturday line-up now appeals more to families how would much rather have fun watching celebrities having a bit of a dance than see a lot of manufactured drama on the other side.
2  Downton Abbey (Sun, ITV1)
The most popular drama of the year presents another strong showing as we saw the fallout from Sybil’s death both upstairs and downstairs.
3  The X-Factor (Sun, ITV1)
Club Classics week failed to interest people while this Sunday show faired just a little better as for a third week in a row a Deadlock vote saw MK1 leave the contest.
4  New Tricks (Mon, BBC1)
The BBC’s best performing drama continues to dominate over the much superior ITV medical drama Monroe leading to rumours that it could well be cancelled.
5  Merlin (Sat, BBC1)
With Strictly now doing thriving business on Saturday nights it appears as if more people are tuning in to see what Merlin’s up to as the young wizard’s ratings continue to soar.
6  The Paradise (Tues, BBC1)
Another steady week for this department show drama which has benefited from having little competition on the other side apart from the odd football match.
7 [New] Brazil with Michael Palin (Wed, BBC1)
The return of the Palin travelogue sees the former Monty Python member sample the wonders of Brazil and meets the people and places which make the country so vibrant.
8  Have I Got News for You (Fri, BBC1)
Another strong week for the satirical news quiz as Hislop and Merton continue to make us all laugh.
9  DCI Banks (Wed, ITV1)
This detective drama gets a bit of a knock in the ratings this week thanks in part to Michael Palin’s new programme but still has a strong loyal following.
10 [New] Surprise Surprise (Sun, ITV1)
The return of the old Cilla Black show, now starring Holly Willoughby, seems to be a bit of a surprise hit for ITV as it did a really good number on it’s debut weekend.
Right more from the ratings charts same time next week.