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Downton Abbey helps increase ITV's audience share for first time since 1990

27 February 2014 2:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Broadchurch and I'm a Celebrity also contribute to main ITV channel's 16.2% share of all viewing in 2013

ITV's main network increased its audience share last year for the first time since 1990, on the back of successful shows including Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

The channel had a 16.2% share of all viewing (including the ITV HD simulcast channel and ITV1+1 timeshift service) in 2013, compared with 15.7% the previous year.

The last time ITV's annual share of viewing grew, John Major was prime minister and the broadcaster dominated British television with shows such as London's Burning, Jeeves and Wooster and Minder, starring George Cole – and The Big Match was still must-see football viewing. At the time, there were still only four terrestrial channels and BSkyB's satellite service was in its infancy.

In 1990, ITV had a 44% audience share and Coronation Street was the most popular show on TV, »

- Jason Deans

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The Smoke on Sky1: Did it light up our screens?

20 February 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

There's been a relatively small number of television shows focusing exclusively on firefighters - there's Us series Chicago Fire and Rescue Me, plus of course London's Burning - but there nonetheless exists that media-friendly image of a heroic fireman emerging miraculously unscathed from a raging inferno - perhaps carrying a wailing infant in his arms.

From its claustrophobic, heart-in-your-mouth opening onwards, Sky1's new drama The Smoke is working to subvert the popular notions associated with firefighters and the depiction of their lives on screen.

In harrowing early scenes, Jamie Bamber's Kev Allison lies horribly burnt - his chilling screams filling the air - and from hereon in, it's clear that this is no glamourised take on the world of firefighters.

No-one in The Smoke emerges unscathed. In this opening hour, our lead is repeatedly beaten to his knees - sometimes literally - by life.

The charismatic Bamber is a strong lead, »

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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

16 February 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Want to make sure you don't miss anything great on the telly in the next seven days? Never fear, because Tube Talk has done all the hard work for you and smushed all of this week's must-see TV into one snappy rundown. Check out what you should be checking out below...

And don't miss... James Corden returns to host The Brit Awards for one last time - Wednesday, February 19 at 8pm on ITV.

Modern Family: Monday (February 17) at 8pm on Sky1

Loving taunts, innocent treachery, plenty of fun and moments that'll tug on your heartstrings - we all know what to expect from Modern Family as it enters its fifth season, but that doesn't mean we're any less excited to check in with the Pritchetts, the Dunphys et al again.

This opening double bill kicks off with Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) each enlisting the help »

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