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UK TV ratings: Wimbledon coverage peaks at over 6m as Roger Federer beats Andy Murray

11 July 2015 2:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Wimbledon pulled in a strong audience for BBC One on men's semi-finals day this Friday (July 10), overnight ratings show.

BBC One's coverage averaged 4.29m (43.2%) from 1.45pm on Friday afternoon, as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made the final. However, audiences peaked at 6.87m (48.9%) between 5.45pm and 6pm, when Federer broke Andy Murray's serve at the end of the second set on his way to a thrilling 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over the 2013 Wimbledon champion.

Post-match analysis on BBC Two attracted an audience of 1.01m (6.2%) from 6.30pm, while the recently-revamped highlights show Wimbledon 2Day was seen by 1.06m (5.9%) from 8pm.

Back on BBC One, Chris Evans's last edition of The One Show entertained 3.33m (20.3%) at 7pm, while a repeat of A Question of Sport aired to 2.32m (13.6%) at 8pm.

Celebrity MasterChef, featuring Keith Chegwin, former-EastEnders star Scott Maslen, Samira Ahmed »

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UK TV ratings: Big Brother live eviction seen by more than 1 million

4 July 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

The latest Big Brother live eviction was seen by more than 1 million people on Channel 5 on Friday (June 3) evening.

An average audience of 1.01 million (5.6%) tuned in to watch another regular and legendary housemate leave the compound. The show peaked with 1.17 million (6.1%).

A further 619k (5.2%) watched Big Brother's Bit on the Side, while 363k (5%) watched live footage from the house from 11.30pm.

BBC One's Celebrity Masterchef was the evening's highest-rated show, attracting 3.59 million (19.4%) at 8.30pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 1.77 million (10.5%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 1.7 million (9.9%) for Would I Lie To You? immediately after.

The night ended with 2.65 million (22%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm, which featured highlights from the previous season.

Over on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was seen by 2.18 million (12.5%) and Doc Martin played to 1.79 million »

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Clare Balding's new Wimbledon highlights show: What do you think? - open thread

1 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Clare Balding's new Wimbledon highlights show has been met with largely negative reviews since it debuted on Monday (June 29).

Wimbledon 2Day has been criticised by tennis fans on Twitter, while Radio Times called it "a mess, a giddy mix of inane tweets, snippets of matches (let's not forget actual tennis is being played, something, presumably we all want to see, which is why we've tuned in) and a bit of chat."

Much of the criticism has been levelled at the name of the show, and the fact that it's replaced tennis highlights with The One Show-style chat, home videos from viewers and tweets.

The show replaced the long-running Today at Wimbledon series which presented highlights of the day's action for those who may have missed the live matches while at work.

Its second show on Tuesday (June 30) appeared to be slightly tweaked to show more tennis, but viewers were still not best pleased. »

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UK TV ratings: BBC Two Glastonbury coverage peaks with 1.17 million

27 June 2015 2:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

BBC Two's Glastonbury 2015 coverage peaked with 1.17 million (6.5%) on Friday evening (June 26).

An average audience of 980k (5.5%) tuned in to watch BBC Two's Glastonbury coverage from 8pm. It returned with 940k (5.2%) at 10pm, while a further 570k (9.7%) stayed up late to watch a mixture of highlights and live coverage at 11pm.

BBC Three aired various Glastonbury sets throughout the evening, beginning with 235k (1.4%) for James Bay & Catfish and the Bottlemen at 7pm. Jungle & the Vaccines continued with 340k (1.9%) at 8pm, while 869k (9%) watched Rudimental play the festival from 11pm.

BBC Four's Glastonbury coverage included 383k (2%) for Motorhead at 8.30pm and 507k (2.7%) for Mark Ronson at 9pm.

For the second week running, The Graham Norton Show was the evening's highest-rated programme outside of soaps. An average audience of 3.41m (25.4%) watched guests including Lewis Hamilton at 10.35pm.

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A bananas day at the BBC: Watch the Minions take over the Tardis

25 June 2015 6:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Minions are always in search of a villainous new master, but they had more chance of finding The Doctor during their day at the BBC.

Bob, Stuart and Kevin took control of the Tardis and took it further than any BBC show has gone before... to the cobbles of Coronation Street.

Minions review: Candy-coated family fun that children will adore

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During their bananas visit, the trio also conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, visited the set of Blue Peter and gatecrashed the BBC News studio.

BBC Radio 1's Greg James also stars in the video as he tries to deliver the Minions successfully to The One Show's Alex Jones.

To celebrate the release of Minions, Amazon has launched special packaging for its customers.

Watch the trailer for Minions below: »

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Tfi Friday will return for an 8-episode series hosted by Chris Evans

23 June 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tfi Friday will return for an 8-episode series hosted by Chris Evans.

Channel 4 has confirmed the comeback for the show, which recently enjoyed a one-off special. The new episodes will air later this year.

11,751 people voted in a snap Digital Spy poll after the revival episode, with a massive 71.9% calling for a full-time comeback and just 28.1% wanting the show to be laid to rest.

Tfi Friday ran for six series from 1996 to 2000 on Channel 4. The first five series were hosted by Evans, and the sixth by a series of guest presenters.

In 2005, Evans fronted just six episodes of short-lived spinoff Ofi Sunday on ITV.

Just written last chapter of new book. Had no idea it was going to start with a secret marathon and end with TFi Friday & Top Gear. Onwards!

Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 23, 2015

Earlier this month, a Tfi Friday live special aired on Channel 4 as »

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UK TV ratings: Big Brother Live Eviction watched by over 1 million on Channel 5

20 June 2015 5:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Big Brother's latest eviction was seen by more than 1 million people on Friday (June 19) evening.

As Jade Lynch became the eighth housemate to be evicted, Big Brother: Live Eviction was seen by an average audience of 1.07 million (6%). It peaked with 1.15 million (6.2%).

A further 462k (6.8%) watched Big Brother's: Bit on the Side at 10.30pm, while 322k (4.4%) watched live footage from the house immediately after.

Featuring guests such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, The Graham Norton Show was the evening's highest-rated programme outside of soaps.

An average audience of 3.45 million (27.4%) tuned in to watch the talk show at 10.35pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 2.97 million (19.4%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.47 million (14.7%) for Would I Lie to You immediately after.

Celebrity Masterchef continued with 3.34 million (18.1%) at 8.30pm, and peaked with 3.98 million (21.4%) at 9.45pm.

Over on BBC Two, »

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Chris Evans is quitting The One Show to concentrate on Top Gear

19 June 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans is leaving The One Show so he can concentrate on preparing for Top Gear.

The BBC Radio 2 DJ currently co-hosts the BBC One magazine show every Friday, but has confirmed that he will step down later this year following the news that he will take over from Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.

13 presenters who could join Chris Evans on Top Gear, from Jodie Kidd to Steve Coogan

Evans will give more details about his departure during tonight's (June 19) show at 7pm.

Earlier this week, Evans confirmed that there will "definitely" be a female co-host on the new-look Top Gear, but the BBC later played down the comment.

He also said that Clarkson could have come back to the BBC motoring show "after a year", had James May and Richard Hammond not turned down a deal to return.

Evans has signed a three-year deal to host Top Gear, and »

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Chris Evans hints that The Stig has been axed from Top Gear

18 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Evans has hinted that The Stig has been axed from 'Top Gear'. The BBC Radio 2 DJ was announced as the new host of the BBC Two motoring show earlier this week after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked for punching a producer in a row over a steak and he's now revealed that in addition to Jeremy's colleagues Richard Hammond and James May, the anonymous driver may not be making a return either. Speaking on BBC One's 'The One Show' about the possibility of The Stig being replaced by another driver in disguise, he said: ''A Stigette. A lady Stig or a »

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Jeremy Clarkson could have returned to Top Gear, says new host Chris Evans

18 June 2015 4:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

New Top Gear host Chris Evans has suggested that Jeremy Clarkson could have eventually returned to the programme.

Speaking on The One Show, Evans said that maybe Clarkson could have come back to the BBC motoring show "after a year", had James May and Richard Hammond not turned down a deal to return.

Evans has signed a three-year deal to host Top Gear, and he will be holding open auditions for potential co-hosts who are passionate about cars, saying that they can be "male [or] female, young or old - it doesn't matter".

He told his Radio 2 listeners this morning that there will "definitely be a female presence on the show", but clarified comments he made yesterday in which he appeared to indicate that one of his co-hosts would be female.

In last week's Tfi Friday special on Channel 4, Clarkson appeared in a pre-recorded skit teaching Evans how to properly »

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Top Gear co-presenter auditions to be open to the public

18 June 2015 2:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Chris Evans says applications for host’s role on BBC2 motoring show are open to all, regardless of gender or age and are ‘not just for famous people’

Chris Evans and the new Top Gear team are to hold open auditions to find a co-presenter for the BBC2 show – with applications welcome from members of the public.

Evans said the auditions for the Top Gear role would be open to all. “Male, female, old, young, it doesn’t matter. The one thing that does matter if you’ve got to have a real appetite for cars, and you’ve got to know something about cars,” he told BBC1’s The One Show.

Related: Top Gear deal set to make Chris Evans the BBC's highest-paid star

Related: BBC applies brakes to Chris Evans’ comment on female Top Gear host

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- John Plunkett

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Fancy joining Top Gear? Chris Evans reveals the BBC is holding auditions for co-hosts

17 June 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has revealed that the BBC is holding auditions to find his co-presenters for the new-look Top Gear.

The Radio 2 DJ said that the BBC has already received applications from as far afield as Kazakhstan, during an appearance on The One Show this evening (June 17).

13 presenters who could join Chris Evans on Top Gear, from Jodie Kidd to Steve Coogan

Discussing the criteria for the role, Evans said: "You've got to know something about cars - you can be a mechanic, you can be an amateur racing driver, you can be a guy who's a fireman but has been building his own Land Rover in his shed for five or 10 years... but you've got to know about cars."

He added that the hosts could be "male, female, young or old, it doesn't matter".

Evans continued: "Will we have one host, two hosts, three hosts - will we have hosts »

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Rita Ora is everywhere: Her rise to fame from 'How We Do' to The X Factor

16 June 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's official. Rita Ora is everywhere. Whether it's fronting fashion lines, popping up in TV advertising campaigns, mentoring hopefuls on The Voice UK and donning a dodgy wig in 50 Shades of Grey, the singer - like close friend Cara Delevingne - is a constant presence.

And now, it's been announced that along with Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and fellow newbie Nick Grimshaw, Rita will be joining the judging panel for The X Factor 2015.

Let's do this @grimmers @cherylofficial @simoncowell @TheXfactor #xfactor pic.twitter.com/l7blKnlO8h

Rita Ora (@RitaOra) June 16, 2015

Rita's music career began in 2009 when a meeting with rapper Jay-z led to her being signed by his Roc Nation label just 48 hours later.

Her 2012 debut album Ora went straight into the UK charts at number 1, spawning chart-topping hits 'Hot Right Now', 'How We Do (Party)' and 'R.I.P'. Last year, she scored a fourth UK Number »

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Chris Evans backs Tfi Friday return after 3.7m watch special

15 June 2015 3:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Star says future of show is ‘in Channel 4’s hands’, although there would be issues over his role presenting BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show and The One Show

Chris Evans wants Tfi Friday to come back full time after the one-off return of the Channel 4 show was watched by nearly 4 million viewers, which could prove a big headache for the BBC.

The music and talk show, back a year early for its 20th anniversary last Friday, had 3.7 million viewers, an 18% share of the audience, beating every other channel.

Related: Chris Evans could host new Tfi Friday series if 20th anniversary show is a hit

Mad. Can't sleep because I'm too excited about of a show I've already done. This has never happened before. What do I do about this one ?

Right, bed. After two 4 a.m. Finishes in a row. TFi album now number one on i Tunes. »

- John Plunkett

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UK TV ratings: Tfi Friday's anniversary special gets over 3 million viewers

13 June 2015 2:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Tfi Friday's all-star anniversary special attracted an audience of over 3 million, overnight figures suggest.

Chris Evans and star guests including Tom Daley, Shaun Ryder, Lewis Hamilton and Jeremy Clarkson entertained 3.35m (18.3%) on Friday (June 12) - the highest-rated primetime programme outside of soaps and news bulletins.

10 classic Tfi Friday moments, from Shaun Ryder swearing to Freak or Unique

Elsewhere in Channel 4 primetime, Marvel's Agents of Shield concluded with 621k (3.2%) at 8pm, with 831k (8.7%) tuning in for Alan Carr's Chatty Man at 11pm. Greg Davies sitcom Man Down aired to 370k (6.8%) at midnight.

Meanwhile on Channel 5, 1.13 million watched this week's fake 'eviction' on Big Brother at 9pm, along with the return of past housemates Helen Wood, Nikki Grahame and Brian Belo in a secret bunker.

Big Brother's Bit on the Side attracted an audience of 370k (6.8%) at 10pm.

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UK TV ratings: The Big Bang Theory and Big Brother down slightly on Thursday

12 June 2015 3:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

The Big Bang Theory and Big Brother both held relatively steady ratings on Thursday night (June 11), according to overnight data.

However, both shows were down slightly on their respective audiences from last week.

The Big Bang Theory's latest instalment 'The Maternal Combustion' aired to 926k (5.1%) at 8.30pm on E4. Last week's episode had passed the one million mark.

Although Big Brother was down almost 50k on Wednesday night's figures, last night's audience of 952k (4.9%) at 9pm was up slightly against the corresponding overnight figures week-on-week.

Over on BBC One, The One Show, with special guest Pete Waterman, was the top rated programme outside of soaps with 3.38m (21.5%) at 7pm, followed by an audience of 3.16m (17.5%) for Watchdog at 8pm.

The Truth About Your Teeth was down on last week with 2.16m (11.1%) at 9pm, while 2.05m (19.8%) tuned in for David Dimbleby's Question Time at 10.35pm. »

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See Emma Willis's daring leap of faith for Prized Apart challenge

10 June 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Emma Willis has taken a leap of faith for a special Prized Apart challenge on The One Show.

The presenter defied gravity at the BBC's New Broadcasting House, walking along a plank suspended 30 metres above the ground.

After walking the plank, Willis then had to jump onto a trapeze.

She was joined by The One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker for the stunt.

The challenge was undertaken to celebrate new BBC One gameshow Prized Apart, which begins on Saturday night (June 13).

Willis said: "That was terrifying! I don't know how the Prized Apart contestants did it week after week.

"Don't think my nerves could stomach another stunt like that any time soon!"

Jones added: "It looked terrifying and felt even worse, the thought of combining walking the plank and trapeze was breath-taking especially at that height!

"The winners of Prized Apart deserve £100,000 and more!"

Prized Apart sees contestants »

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10 classic Tfi Friday moments, from Shaun Ryder swearing to Freak or Unique

9 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

In 1996, Chris Evans and Danny Baker launched a show that would become as synonymous with 1990s as the Spice Girls and Eric Cantona.

Tfi Friday was the perfect show of its time, airing every Friday evening on Channel 4 and featuring as much Britpop and silly anarchic humour as you could ask for.

Ahead of its one-off comeback show this Friday (June 12), Digital Spy has collected just some of the most memorable and hilarious moments from its five years on air.

1. Shaun Ryder says "f**k" on live TV. In front of your mum.

Pity Chris Evans. With a mouth dodgier than the bizarre moustache he was sporting at the time, it was always going to be something of a liability bringing indie music's chief party-monster Shaun Ryder onto a family show that aired at just 6pm.

"If you don't swear tonight, I'll give you my shoes!" promised Evans, only »

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UK TV ratings: Have I Got News For You tops ratings with over 4 million viewers

6 June 2015 7:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

BBC One's Have I Got News For You leads Friday's viewing figures with an average audience of 4.35 million.

The topical panel show, guest-hosted by Jack Dee, attracted an audience share of 22.2% during it's airing on the channel at 9pm.

BBC One previously brought in 2.42 million (15%) for The One Show at 7pm, 2.09 million (11.9%) for A Question of Sport, followed by 2.32 million (11.9%) for The Vicar of Dibley at 8.30pm.

Mrs Brown's Boys was seen by 2.83 million (15.1%) at 9.30pm, before The Graham Norton Show attracted 2.67 million (22.7%) at 10.35pm.

Over on BBC Two, Antiques Road Trip was seen by 1.05 million (6.3%), followed by 1.98 million (10.7%) for Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites and 2.17 million (11.2%) for Gardener's World.

Kate Humble: Living With Nomads attracted an average audience of 1.53 million (8%) at 9pm, while The Clare Balding Show at 10pm was seen by 710k and (4.2%).

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UK TV ratings: Big Brother: Timebomb eviction twist peaks with 1.36 million

30 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb

Big Brother: Timebomb's latest eviction and shock twist peaked with 1.36 million (7.4%) viewers at 10pm on Friday (May 29) evening.

An average audience of 1.04 million (5.1%) watched the show in its entirety, while a further 128k (1%) watched on Channel 5+1.

Big Brother's Bit on the Side was seen by 795k (6%) at 10.30pm, followed by 465k (5.4%) for live footage from the house.

Unsurprisingly, the fifth and last Britain's Got Talent semi-final was the highest-rated show of the evening, entertaining 8.02 million viewers (39.2%) from 7.30pm.

An average audience of 6.78 million (32.1%) watched the Britain's Got Talent results show at 9.30pm.

Elsewhere, BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.30 million (19.5%) for The One Show at 7pm, Room 101 was seen by 1.93 million (9.6%) at 8pm, followed by 1.72 million (8.2%) for The Vicar of Dibley at 8.30pm.

Have I Got News for You continued with 3.58 million (16.4%) viewers at 8.30pm, while Mrs. Brown's Boys »

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