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David Walliams's comedy drama Mr Stink was the standout show of yesterday's primetime schedule (December 23), early overnight ratings data indicates. The adaptation of the 2009 book, which was originally illustrated by Quentin Blake, scored 6.34m (27.3%) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Also on BBC One, 4.18m (17.2%) watched Victoria Wood's Joyce Hatto biopic Loving Miss Hatto from 8.30pm-10.30pm. Around the same number 4.18m (20.6%) had watched the Antiques Roadshow for the hour before. 3.61m (20.8%) watched highlights of the last pre-Christmas Premier League games on Match of the Day 2 from 10.30pm to 11.30pm. Victoria Wood also did well for BBC Two last night, as All The Trimmings entertained 2.16m (9.15%) from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Her lead-in was The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show, which had 2.5 million (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
The X Factor live final on Sunday was watched by just over 11 million viewers, more than 6 million less than two years ago and the lowest audience for a series finale since 2006.
The audience was significantly down from the 13.1 million who watched girl group Little Mix win last year's final.
The X Factor Final – Results had a five-minute peak of 12.8 million.
Viewing of the first leg of the final on Saturday night, which saw »
- Mark Sweney
Strictly Come Dancing topped last night's (December 2) ratings despite losing viewers as a result of clashing with Coronation Street. Cricketer Michael Vaughan's exit from the ballroom dancing competition was seen by 9.31 million (34%) in BBC One's 40-minute results show broadcast lasting from 7.20pm until 8pm, peaking with 10m in the last five minutes. Coronation Street's one-off, hour-long Sunday edition roused 6.45m (23.9%) from 7pm, while a further 542,000 caught ITV1 +1's broadcast of an episode which saw Tina McIntyre's surrogacy become public knowledge. Before Strictly on BBC One, Countryfile maintained a strong 6.56m (27.4%) from 6.30pm, meaning the magazine show also got the better of Corrie. At 8pm, Antiques Roadshow interested 5.94m (21.7%). Meanwhile, Union J's departure from The (more) »
- By Paul Millar
Jack Whitehall has been confirmed as the guest host for this weekend's Have I Got News For You. The Fresh Meat and Bad Education has compared getting the gig to reaching puberty, describing the politics panel show as a British institution. "I'm so excited to be hosting Have I Got News For You. I'm finally going to be on a show my dad actually watches, which is a relief because I wasn't holding out much hope of getting on The Antiques Roadshow," said Whitehall. "I've been on Ian's team twice so it will (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! managed more viewers than The X Factor's results show for a third consecutive week last night (November 25). However, BBC One's Strictly regained control of Sunday nights as the ballroom dancing show ascended to 10.05 million (39%) for Victoria Pendleton's exit, after losing out to I'm a Celebrity last week. Doctor Who legend Colin Baker left the I'm a Celebrity jungle to an audience of 9.56m (36.7%) from 9pm, while 461,000 caught the ITV reality show on ITV1 +1. The X Factor pulled in 9.09m (34%) at 8pm (+1: 211k) for Rylan Clark's departure, prior to which Surprise Surprise enthralled 3.95m (15.8%) at 7pm (+1: 217k). Meanwhile on BBC One, Countryfile (7.67m/32.2%), Antiques Roadshow (5.93m/22.2%) and The Secret of Crickley (more) »
- By Paul Millar
London, Nov mber 21: A novel written by a 63-year-old London grandmother that tracks the unfolding love affair between a couple in their 60s has become a hit among book lovers.
Hilary Boyd's novel, Thursdays In The Park, explores the realities of forbidden attraction and sexual passion at an age when we tend to assume people long for nothing more than to be tucked up in a Slanket watching the Antiques Roadshow, the Daily Mail reported.
After a creakingly slow start in paperback, its launch as an online ebook at the end of the summer has provided an astonishing transformation in its fortunes.
By the start of this month, sales. »
- Ketali Mehta
For some reason, shows which involve auctions and appraising seem to be very popular. Antiques Roadshow started things off in England in 1979 and since then, the United States has taken a hint and started a similar program: Storage Wars on A&E. A spin-off called Storage Wars: Texas premiered in 2011 and the show is highly entertaining because of its reality television nature. Audiences gobble this type of programming up and season one of Storage Wars: Texas is now out on DVD.
- Randall Unger
Another week of television is upon us. Whether or not you had Veteran’s Day off, tonight’s line-up is packed full of enough new shows to help anyone kick back, relax and enjoy the evening.
Tonight, Bones puts teamwork to the test in order to solve a case from the 9/11 attacks; How I Met Your Mother continues its season of break-ups; Castle turns into a documentary; Revolution finds Captain Neville getting a stern warning; Catfish: The TV Show reveals the lies (and love) that exist on the Internet – and much more.
What will you be watching?
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States (Showtime) ...
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- Anthony Ocasio
The third series of Downton Abbey concluded with more than 10 million viewers, according to overnight data. An average of 9.84m (38.2%) saw it live on ITV1 with an additional 238k (1.4%) catching the period drama on timeshift. Downton Abbey was preceded by The X Factor's results show, which grabbed 8.94m (33.2%) and 245k (0.9%) on +1. Surprise Surprise took 4.11m (16.5%) at 7pm (+1: 269k/1%). On BBC One, Strictly Come Dancing earned 9.63m (37.4%). Countryfile aired earlier to 7.26m (32%) and Antiques Roadshow had 5.85m (21.7%) from 8pm. Andrew Marr's History of the World appealed to 2.55m (9.5%) afterwards. Meanwhile, BBC Two showed Obama: What Happened to Hope? (more) »
- By Ben Lee
On TV this Monday: Kelly and Michael celebrate Halloween Live! (if a couple of days late), Bones‘ garbage-themed return from hiatus is oh-so-Sweets, Mike & Molly set up the latter’s mom with a Major Dad and Pine Valley’s Ruth Martin travels to Hawaii. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (always linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
9 am Live! with Kelly and Michael (Check local listings) | Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan will don more than 40 costumes during the morning show’s annual Halloween party, which was postponed by last week’s Hurricane Sandy coverage. »
- Kimberly Roots
BBC1 show is 2 million viewers ahead of ITV1 singing contest on Saturday, and stretches lead on Sunday night
But there was better ratings news on Sunday for ITV1 from Downton Abbey, which ended its third series with an average of 10.1 million viewers and a 39.1% audience share from 9pm.
The BBC1 celebrity dance show averaged 9.8 million viewers and a 43.3% audience share on Saturday from 6.30pm. The X Factor had 7.8 million and 33.3% from 8.20pm.
Saturday's X Factor was down from 8.4 million and 35.9% the previous weekend, and from 9.9 million on the same weekend in 2011.
The X Factor matched its 9.2 million for the previous Sunday night, »
- Jason Deans
While UK shows are mangled into unsuccessful U.S. versions often enough that there's a whole comedy -- Showtime's "Episodes" -- based on the premise, occasional such reinterpretations catch on. The U.S. "The Office" created a world and characters that stand on their own apart from Ricky Gervais' original, and "Shameless" and "Being Human" continue on in American/North American versions that, while not necessarily the equal of the shows that preceeded them, certainly have strong followings. (And on the reality side, plenty of transplants, from "Antiques Roadshow" to "America's Got Talent" and "The X Factor," are thriving.) But it's hard to see the BBC series "Gavin & Stacey" doing well in a U.S. adaptation, one of which is now in the works at Fox, according to Deadline. David Rosen, the creator and executive producer of the late MTV series "I Just Want My Pants...
- Alison Willmore
While UK shows are mangled into unsuccessful U.S. versions often enough that there's a whole comedy -- Showtime's "Episodes" -- based on the premise, occasional such reinterpretations catch on. The U.S. "The Office" created a world and characters that stand on their own apart from Ricky Gervais' original, and "Shameless" and "Being Human" continue on in American/North American versions that, while not necessarily the equal of the shows that preceeded them, certainly have strong followings. (And on the reality side, plenty of transplants, from "Antiques Roadshow" to "America's Got Talent" and "The X Factor," are thriving.) But it's hard to see the BBC series "Gavin & Stacey" doing well in a U.S. adaptation, one of which is now in the works at Fox, according to Deadline. David Rosen, the creator and executive producer of the late MTV series "I Just Want My Pants »
- Alison Willmore
Not since Jesus Christ turned water into wine has there been as miraculous an upgrade as what we saw during the first set of Battle Rounds on Season 3 of The Voice.
What once was an exercise in frustration — watching the coaches pair up their team members in head-to-head sing-offs, then too often sending the wrong contestants home — became something that was equal parts thrilling and satisfying with the addition of “The Steal,” in which competing coaches can hit a button and add a total of two Battle Rounds losers to their teams before the live shows begin.
I’m so stoked by this development, »
- Michael Slezak
In the midst of all the success of "Good Morning America," lifestyle anchor Lara Spencer is on a roll. She’s now the creator, executive producer and host of a new show, "Flea Market Flip," debuting Friday at 9 p.m. on Hgtv, and her new book on bargain hunting is a New York Times best-seller.
“I came up with the idea years ago. I’ve been passionate about it because it’s something that I do in real life with my little antique business,” Lara said about the new show, in which two teams get $500 and an hour to search a flea market for a treasure that they transform and flip. “The viewers get the full package. They get the hunt and get to go along for the journey of finding diamonds in the rough. Then you get the do-it-yourself aspect of watching the transformation. You also get the competition when they flip them. »
- Naughty But Nice Rob
Well if you hadn't really heard of Homeland prior to this weekend, you probably have by now. The Showtime series pulled off a major upset at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards last night, winning a large chunk of the major awards in the Drama category over favourites like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis both took home awards for Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series, while the show also broke Mad Men's four-year win streak for Outstanding Drama Series. Elsewhere, Aaron Paul won his second Emmy for his supporting performance as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Lead Actress in a Comedy for Veep. Modern Family still took the Outstanding Comedy Series, however, while the HBO movie Game Change took the Outstanding Mini-Series or TV Movie. Kevin Costner did manage to pick up some »
The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, took place on Sunday (September 23rd). Showtime's "Homeland" won in the Best Drama category, denying "Mad Men" a record fifth consecutive win. "Modern Family" took home its third straight Best Comedy award. Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" won its 10th consecutive Emmy, which resulted in Jon Stewart being censored during his acceptance speech for saying the F-word. Julianne Moore (pictured) won for Best Actress in a Mini-Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change." Moore stated: "Wow, I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down." And Jon Cryer won Best Actor for "Two and a Half Men," something he admitted was not possible with Charlie Sheen around. "The show was really structured around [Sheen's] character, so it was silly for me to be in the lead character [category]. That's changed [with Ashton Kutcher]. It's more of a partnership »
The complete list of nominees:
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul, »
Despite the Creative Arts Emmy winners being an incredibly diverse bunch (everything from Game of Thrones and Frozen Planet to Two and a Half Men and The Penguins of Madagascar grabbed the golden girls), there was one topic that united nominees, presenters, crew, and media alike — the unbearable triple-digit heat.
“It feels like they are holding this awards show on the surface of the sun,” Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison told EW when she arrived on the red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles Saturday. “At least a tent. It’s just not nice. No »
- Carrie Bell
With the Emmy Awards set for a week from tonight on ABC, HBO got off to a terrific start last night, racking up 17 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, with Game of Thrones netting six and Boardwalk Empire, Girls and Hemingway & Gellhorn all faring well for the cable network.
Here's a rundown of the winners:
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Will Arnett - "30 Rock" - NBC
Jon Hamm - "30 Rock" - NBC
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
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