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Celebrity Masterchef final peaks with 5.79 million viewers

19 July 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Celebrity Masterchef final was Friday's highest-rated primetime show outside of soaps, attracting an average audience of 4.76 million (25.4%).

The final, which was contested by Sophie Thompson, Charley Boorman and Jodie Kidd, peaked with an audience of 5.79 million (29.8%) as the results were announced.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 2.75 million (17.1%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.91 million (16.8%) for The Village That's Falling into the Sea at 7.30pm.

Replacing The Graham Norton Show, New Tricks rounded off the evening with 1.9 million (16%) at 10.35pm.

After a mammoth session of golf on BBC Two, the channel drew 580k (3.2%) for live coverage of the First Night of the Proms at 8pm. An average audience of 830k (4.5%) stuck around to watch Qi immediately after.

The Cruise Ship was ITV's highest-rated show outside of soaps, pulling in 2.77 million (15.7%) at 8pm. Doc Martin was seen by 2.27 million (12.2%) an hour later at 9.

Over on Channel 4, »

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Celebrity Masterchef tops ratings for second night running

12 July 2014 4:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Celebrity Masterchef has topped the primetime ratings for a second night running.

Watched by an average audience of 3.96 million (20.6%) at 8.30pm, BBC One's celebrity cooking show was Friday's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 2.58 million (16.6%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.36 million (16.9%) for The Great Property Race at 7.30pm.

Ahead of his final appearance as pundit at this year's World Cup final on Sunday, BBC One paid tribute to Alan Hansen with a look back at his career.

Presented by Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen: Player and Pundit was watched by an average audience of 2.22 million (18.3%) at 10.35pm.

ITV delivered consistent ratings for its entertainment offerings outside of soaps, entertaining 3.1 million (16.5%) with The Cruise Ship at 8pm and 2.26 million (11.8%) with Doc Martin at 9pm.

The return of The Million Pound Drop on Channel 4 was seen by 830k (4.5%) at 8pm. The ratings picked »

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2014 Emmy Award Nominations Announced

10 July 2014 7:21 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The 2014 Emmy Award nominations were announced today and led by HBO's "Game of Thrones" with 19 total nominations. New show "Fargo" scored 18, followed by "American Horror Story", "Breaking Bad", The Normal Heart and not too far down the line "True Detective" with 12. The one show I love and continue to watch, "Hannibal" received zero nominations, but then again, I have never paid too much attention to the Emmys, primarily because people have to nominate themselves, something I've never understood. "Game of Thrones" 19 "Fargo" 18 "American Horror Story: Coven" 17 "Breaking Bad" 16 "The Normal Heart" 16 "Saturday Night Live" 14 "House of Cards" 13 "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" 12 "Downton Abbey" 12 "Orange Is the New Black" 12 From a network perspective, leading the pack was HBO, coming in just one nomination shy of a 100 and it wasn't even a close race with CBS coming in second with 47. HBO 99 CBS 47 NBC 46 FX Networks 45 ABC 37 The top shelf nominations are listed »

- Brad Brevet

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Andy Murray Wimbledon win watched by 4.7 million

28 June 2014 3:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Andy Murray's third round Wimbledon win was seen by an average of 4.66 million (25.1%) on BBC One.

Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut is straight sets to progress to the fourth round in the early evening. The action peaked with 4.78 million as the reigning champion closed in on the victory.

BBC One's evening continued with 3.82 million (19%) for Celebrity Masterchef at 8.30pm. This week's guests included Leslie Ash and Wayne Sleep.

Looking back at the best bits from the latest series, The Graham Norton Show was seen by 2.69 million (22.5%) at 10.35pm. It was followed by 950k (11.5%) for Uncle at 11.20pm.

Because of the delayed start to the tennis, The One Show aired at 7pm on BBC Two. It was seen by 1.66 million (9.1%), while 1.19 million (5.6%) stuck around for Today at Wimbledon at 8.15pm.

Gardeners' World pulled in 1.81 million (8.9%) at 9pm, while Qi was seen by 1.17 million (5.8%) immediately after.

BBC Two's first visit »

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Andy Murray Wimbledon win watched by 4.66 million

28 June 2014 3:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Andy Murray's third round Wimbledon win was seen by an average of 4.66 million (25.1%) on BBC One.

Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut is straight sets to progress to the fourth round in the early evening. The action peaked with 4.78 million as the reigning champion closed in on the victory.

BBC One's evening continued with 3.82 million (19%) for Celebrity Masterchef at 8.30pm. This week's guests included Leslie Ash and Wayne Sleep.

Looking back at the best bits from the latest series, The Graham Norton Show was seen by 2.69 million (22.5%) at 10.35pm. It was followed by 950k (11.5%) for Uncle at 11.20pm.

Because of the delayed start to the tennis, The One Show aired at 7pm on BBC Two. It was seen by 1.66 million (9.1%), while 1.19 million (5.6%) stuck around for Today at Wimbledon at 8.15pm.

Gardeners' World pulled in 1.81 million (8.9%) at 9pm, while Qi was seen by 1.17 million (5.8%) immediately after.

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Big Brother: Power Trip Launch peaks with 1.67 million

7 June 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Big Brother: Power Trip's second live launch show peaked with 1.67 million on Friday (June 6) evening.

An average audience of 1.56 million (8.2%) tuned in to watch another batch of housemates enter the compound from 9pm on Channel 5.

Big Brother's Bit on the Side was seen by 596k (4.4%) immediately after, while 405k (4.7%) stuck around for the live feed at 11.35pm.

The One Show kicked off BBC One's evening with 2.68 million (15.1%) at 7.30pm, while 1960s police drama Inspector George Gently entertained 2.59 million (13.2%) at 8.30pm.

With guests including Amanda Holden and actor Michael Sheen, The Graham Norton Show was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting 3.11 million (23%) viewers at 10.35pm.

Over on ITV, the channel's tribute to Michelle Keegan drew an audience of 2.78 million (15.1%) at 8pm. Farewell Tina included interviews with cast members, home-video footage and a behind-the-scenes look at her final scenes.

Soccer Aid 2014: The Countdown entertained 1.42 million (7.3%) after the evening's »

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Glastonbury 2014: BBC unveils full coverage plans

6 June 2014 4:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has unveiled its broadcasting plans for this year's Glastonbury Festival.

It will broadcast over 250 hours via radio, TV, the red button and online streaming, with coverage from six stages.

Presenters include Chris Evans, Jo Whiley, Fearne Cotton, Dermot O'Leary, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Greg James, Stuart Maconie, Pete Tong, Cerys Matthews, Mark Radcliffe, Gemma Cairney, Annie Mac, Toddla T, MistaJam, DJ Target, Yasser and Alex Jones.

Controller of BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network and director of BBC Music Bob Shennan said: "Glastonbury is one of the world's most famous music festivals, and once again the BBC will be providing audiences with a magical weekend of coverage, in a way that only the BBC can."

The full outline of coverage is as follows:

BBC TV

30 hours of coverage across BBC One (The One Show), BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four.

BBC Radio

50 hours of coverage »

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England World Cup friendly watched by 6 million on ITV

30 May 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Friday's World Cup warm up game between England and Peru was the highest rated show outside of soaps.

The first of two international friendlies ahead of June's World Cup in Brazil was seen by an average audience of 6.32 million (30.3%). The match peaked with an audience of 7.9 million at 9.30pm.

ITV's evening ended with 1.08 million (13.8%) for the 10.45pm showing of Casino Royale.

Over on BBC One, the evening started with 3.17 million (18.4%) for The One Show, while Diy Sos: The Big Build attracted 3.79 million (17.9%) at 8pm.

Have I Got News For You was the channel's highest-rated show outside of soaps, pulling in average viewing figures of 3.91 million (17.6%). It was followed by 3 million (13.9%) for Room 101 at 8.30pm.

BBC One's evening ended with 3.45 million (25.3%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm. This week's guests included Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

The Great British Menu kicked off BBC Two's evening with a ratings high of 2.04 million (10.7%) at 7.30pm. »

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Good Morning Britain one month on: Is the breakfast show doomed?

29 May 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Judging a breakfast show on its ratings alone is always dangerous.

Watching breakfast TV is a habit and it has to fit into our busy morning schedules, so a slight change to the format can mean that our 10-minute breakfast break with our corn flakes and the telly suddenly coincides with the weather and we'll probably switch channels or even switch off altogether.

Viewers look for familiarity, comfort and something easily digestible in the mornings. BBC Breakfast has nailed all three of these traits over the last five years and for that reason, ITV has been floundering to match them in the early morning ratings war.

GMTV had grown tired and grey, and Daybreak was an ugly explosion of colour and dreadful decisions. The channel's latest attempt to wrestle back viewers, Good Morning Britain, opened with lukewarm reviews one month ago and the ratings have been dropping ever since.

But are the problems terminal? »

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Alex Jones to host new BBC gymnastics reality show Tumble

29 May 2014 1:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The One Show presenter Alex Jones has been confirmed as the host for BBC One's new gymnastics reality show Tumble.

The judges have also been revealed and include Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci, London 2012 hero and Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith, Team Gb gymnastics captain turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap, and cirque artist Sebastien Stella.

Tumble will feature 10 celebrities learning and mastering gymnastic skills across six weeks of live TV shows. The challenges will include tumbling, double trapeze, acrobatic gymnastics and trampolining.

British Olympian Beth Tweddle will act as a mentor for the celebrities.

Jones said that she is "thrilled" to be hosting the new show, adding: "It is sure to offer jaw-dropping stunts and a visual spectacle.

"No-one has told me yet whether I will be required to don a leotard or master the balance beams but I am willing to give it a go. If this »

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ITV's Tonight expo on discount supermarkets tops Friday ratings

23 May 2014 4:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV's Tonight: The Rise of Discount Supermarkets was Friday's highest rated show outside of soaps.

Exploring the success of budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl, Tonight was seen by an average audience of 4.73m (24.3%) viewers at 8pm on ITV.

ITV's evening continued with 2.63 million (13%) for drama series Lewis at 9pm, while Pierce Brosnan's James Bond movie Die Another Day played to 877k (10.1%) at 10.35pm.

Have I Got News for You continued to be a ratings success for BBC One, attracting 4.01 million (19.4%) at 9pm. This week's show was hosted by Crimewatch presenter Kirsty Young.

It was followed by 3.09 million (15.7%) for Room 101 at 9.30pm, while 3.21 million (24.2%) tuned in to watch Julie Andrews, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill on The Graham Norton Show at 10.40pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with an average audience of 3.22 million (18.1%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.6m (12.8%) for Rhs Chelsea Flower Show »

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BAFTA TV Awards 2014: Who's going to triumph? - live blog

18 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Okay, so we might not be wearing our gladrags and we might not be sipping champagne, but who says a onesie and a takeaway can't be glamorous?

It's BAFTA night, and while we're not at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with all the best and brightest from the last year of television, at least we can join the party from our sofas. Yep, we'll be blogging along with the awards - which start at 8pm on BBC One - so grab your slippers and a cuppa and join in by tweeting @digitalspy and leaving your comments below...

And as a reminder, the awards actually start in "real life" at 7pm - but we'll be doggedly going along with the television broadcast and pretending we're not an hour behind everyone else, so there's no fear of spoilers. If you want things as they happen, we'll be updating our winners' list here. »

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MasterChef final watched by 5.41 million on BBC One

17 May 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

MasterChef: The Final was Friday's highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting an average audience of 5.41 million (25.9%).

The hour-long finale, which aired from 8.30-9.30pm on BBC One, peaked with 6.28 million as the winner was crowned.

It was followed by Have I Got News For You, which drew an average audience of 4.49 million (23%) at 9.30pm.

BBC One's evening began with 2.73 million (17.4%) for The One Show at 7pm and 2.45 million (13.9%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

With guests Dawn French, Kirsten Dunst and Bear Grylls, The Graham Norton Show pulled in 3.10 million viewers (24.5%) at 10.35pm, followed by 900k (10.8%) for Bad Education.

With an average audience of 2.55 million (13.3%), Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis was ITV's highest-rated show outside of soaps, narrowly outperforming drama series Lewis with 2.53 (12.7%).

BBC Two's evening kicked off with 1.41 million (8%) for Great British Menu at 7.30pm, followed by a slightly increased 1.47 million (7.6%) for The Minister at 8pm and »

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Jason Manford returns to BBC following sex scandal

14 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jason Manford is returning to the BBC four years after he resigned from 'The One Show' following an internet sex scandal. The 32-year-old comedian - who confessed to exchanging a string of sexually explicit texts and photos with women he met online during his marriage to his ex-wife Catherine - has signed up to host a spin-off of sports-themed quiz show, 'A Question of Sport'. The father-of-three will be joined by team captains, former rugby union star Matt Dawson and ex-cricketer Phill Tufnell, on 'A Question of Sport: Super Saturday', which will be a companion to the Sue Barker-fronted original »

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Morrissey The Movie In Development

9 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

 

Anyone who’s seen coverage of what’s happening with the Freddie Mercury biopic may wonder if a satisfying film can ever be made from a figure who is essentially inimitable. Well now director Mark Gill has set himself a challenge greater than parallel parking on the Moon – a movie based on Morrissey.

Having built a reputation with a string of distinctive, seemingly autobiographical tracks written with band The Smiths, he pursued a successful solo career that has lasted over 25 years. The staunch vegetarian has created controversy by reportedly encouraging animal rights activists to take violent action. He is also a man of surprises, nearly writing our Eurovision entry in 2007 and currently gearing up to perform live with Sir Cliff Richard this coming June.

Most recently he wrote Autobiography, which became a best seller, so Gill and his team are striking while the iron is still reasonably hot. Building on »

- Steve Palace

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Masterchef tops primetime ratings for second night on the bounce

9 May 2014 4:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Masterchef was Friday evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps with an audience of 4.57 million (20.1%).

According to overnight data, Masterchef peaked with 4.78 million viewers, narrowly outperforming Have I Got News For You with 4.54 million (21.2%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening began with an audience of 3.32 million (19.2%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.99 million (15.5%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

An Outnumbered repeat was seen by a slightly increased audience of 2.89 million (14.2%) at 9.30pm, while The Graham Norton Show picked up 2.97 million viewers (22.8%) at 10.35pm.

This week's guests included Brenda Blethyn, Stephen Mangan and French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Approximately 940k (10.7%) watched Bad Education immediately after.

Over on ITV, Lewis was the channel's highest-rated show outside of soaps for the second week running, attracting 2.74 million viewers (13.2%) at 9pm.

It narrowly edged out this week's episode of Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis, which entertained an average of 2.55 million viewers (12%) at 8pm. »

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Have I Got News For You continues Friday ratings success

2 May 2014 5:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have I Got News For You once again topped Friday's primetime ratings, attracting an average audience of 4.42 million (20.6%) at 9pm on BBC One.

Hosted by comedian Jack Dee, this week's show peaked with 4.47 million viewers, making it Friday's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

The evening's entertainment began with 3.45 million (19.6%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.57 million (13.6%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

An average of 4.05 million (18.7%) viewers tuned in to watch Masterchef at 8.30pm, while an Outnumbered repeat was seen by 2.79 million (13.4%) at 9.30pm.

Approximately 3.22 million viewers (23.5%) stayed up to watch Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender appear on The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm. 930k (9.9%) watched Bad Education immediately after.

ITV drama series Lewis was the channel's highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting 2.86 million viewers (13.5%) at 9pm.

It edged out this week's episode of Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis, which entertained an average of 2.65 million viewers (12.8%) at 8pm. »

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Good Morning Britain review: Steady start for ITV's Us-style breakfast TV

28 April 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Well, it's definitely better than Daybreak.

It might not be the highest praise ever heaped on a breakfast TV show, but ITV's big cheeses will probably be breathing a sigh of relief this afternoon that they haven't found themselves another laughable turkey.

Good Morning Britain: Reactions and reviews round-up

Good Morning Britain launch: As it happens - Live Blog

Despite numerous revamps and hosts, Daybreak was doomed from its opening show, which failed to match the hype and was an uncomfortable hybrid of its predecessor GMTV, ITV's fierce rival BBC Breakfast and most oddly of all, The One Show.

Good Morning Britain's launch has, deliberately, been much more low key. The tabloids have been fed some quotes from Susanna Reid and her poaching from the BBC gave the Daily Mail plenty more reasons to ogle at her "pins", but the show hasn't suffered from the same pre-debut hullabaloo »

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Have I Got News For You tops Friday night primetime ratings

25 April 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have I Got News For You topped Friday's (April 25) primetime ratings for the fourth week running.

Hosted by Martin Clunes, the BBC One panel show attracted 4.48 million (20.6%) viewers at 9pm, making it Friday evening's highest rated show outside of soaps.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.67 million (18.8%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.61 million (12.7%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

An average of 4.06 million (17.5%) viewers tuned in to watch Masterchef at 8.30pm, while an Outnumbered repeat was seen by 2.89 million (13.8%) at 9.30pm.

Zac Efron and Seth Rogen's appearance on The Graham Norton Show was seen by approximately 3.09 million viewers (22.7%) at 10.35pm, while 1.04 million (10.9%) stuck around to view Bad Education immediately after.

Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis was seen by an increased audience of 2.88 million (13.2%) at 8pm on ITV, making it the channel's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

It drew a bigger audience than the 9pm showing of Lewis, »

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Have I Got News For You tops Friday ratings for third week

18 April 2014 4:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have I Got News For You topped Friday's (April 18) ratings for the third week running.

The BBC One panel show, which was hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, was Friday's highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting 4.46 million (20.6%) viewers at 9pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.06 million (17.5%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.82 million (14.4%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

An average of 3.8 million (17%) viewers tuned in to watch Masterchef at 8.30pm, while an Outnumbered repeat was seen by 2.89 million (13.9%) at 9.30pm.

The evening ended with 2.74 million viewers (19.5%) for The Graham Norton Show at the slightly earlier time of 10.20pm. This week's guests included Ricky Gervais and Ronnie Corbett.

Drama series Lewis was the highest-rated show outside of soaps on ITV, entertaining 2.81 million (13.3%) at 9pm. Elsewhere, Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis was seen by 2.47 million (11.8%) at 8pm.

BBC Two's highest-rated show of the evening was Mastermind with 2.23m (10.7%) at 8pm. »

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