8 items from 2014
Jonathan Creek was Friday's (February 28) highest-rated TV show outside of soaps.
For the second week running, Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages was ITV's highest-rated show outside of soaps, picking up an average of 2.75m (12.4%) at 8pm.
After the evening's second visit to Weatherfield at 8.30, the latest episode of Edge of Heaven was viewed by 1.75m (8.3%) from 9pm.
Over on BBC Two, Permission Impossible attracted 1.26m (6%) at 7pm, Mastermind secured an evening high of 2.17 (9.8%) viewers at 8pm, »
Live Six Nations Rugby Union was Friday's (February 21) highest-rated show outside of soaps.
An average of 4.57 million viewers (20.8%) tuned in to watch Wales take on France at 7.55pm on BBC One. The match peaked with 4.83 million viewers during the second half.
The rugby narrowly outperformed ITV's Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages, which was seen by 4.32 million (20.3%) at 8pm.
Brand new comedy/drama Edge of Heaven was ITV's second highest-rated show of the night, securing 2.56m (11.7%) viewers from 9.
BBC Two's evening kicked off with Winter Olympics: Today at the Games at 7pm. Approximately 1.88 million (8.8%) watched highlights of Team Gb picking up a silver »
Broadcaster reported to be courting BBC1 Breakfast presenter following a review that could result in Daybreak being axed
ITV has held talks with BBC presenter Susanna Reid in a bid to revive its fortunes in the TV breakfast wars.
The BBC1 Breakfast presenter's stock has risen since her turn on Strictly Come Dancing in the autumn and ITV is understood to want Reid to front a revamped rival early morning show.
Reid is reported to have been offered £1m by ITV to change channels, but sources said the estimates were excessive. However, she is sure to earn far more than the £250,000 she is currently believed to be paid at the BBC is she moves to ITV.
ITV has just completed a review of its ill-starred breakfast show Daybreak, which has stumbled through various incarnations and presenter line-ups since replacing GMTV three-and-a-half years ago, but still trails far behind its BBC1 rival in the ratings. »
- John Plunkett
The BBC's director of television talks about sending executives back to the floor, the fallout from the Savile scandal, the 'joy' of Mrs Brown's Boys and his startling new rule about panel shows
Danny Cohen might have a big job – he is director of television at the BBC, and so responsible for every TV channel plus iPlayer and BBC Films – but his office is about the size of a garden shed. Yes, it's high in the new Broadcasting House, and in a corner, so it comes with plenty of light and lovely rooftop views. But, were you to swing a cat in it (something that would obviously contravene the BBC's no doubt extensive health and safety rules), things would rapidly become very messy. There are three of us here today – me, him and the inevitable minder – and it's, well, cosy. It's also, from my point of view, disappointing. The »
- Rachel Cooke
Silent Witness was once again the highest-rated TV show outside of soaps on Friday night (January 31).
The final episode of the BBC drama series drew an average of 5.08 million viewers, representing a 22.9% audience share.
The Graham Norton Show, which featured guests such as Dallas Buyers Club actor Matthew McConaughey, was seen by an average of 3.5 million viewers (25.4%) at 10.35pm, while a transfer deadline day edition of Football Focus picked up 1.19m (13%) at 11.25pm.
Silent Witness once again topped Friday night's primetime ratings, as the crime drama put BBC One ahead of its rivals.
With 5.2m (22.1%) tuning in at 9pm, the crime drama was the most popular show outside of the soaps, despite shedding 500k viewers from last week's figures.
BBC One remained on top throughout the evening, starting with The One Show drawing 4.27m (20.5%) at 7pm.
Room 101, featuring Labour peer Joan Bakewell, Pointless co-presenter Richard Osman and comedian Roisin Conaty, saw 3.41m (14.7%) tune in at 8.30pm, while The Graham Norton Show attracted 3.73m viewers at 10.45pm.
ITV held a steady audience share of around 12.6% for its primetime offerings. The Martin Lewis Money Show dropped more than 300k from last week, with 2.81m watching at 8pm (+1: 105k).
BBC Two's Mastermind boosted its audience to 2.21m (9.9%) at 8pm. An Island Parish, »
1973's The Sting took it global, but there's more to ragtime music than that film's Keystone Kops crazy-chase soundtrack
Reading on mobile? Click here to listen to The Maple Leaf Rag played by Scott Joplin
One album was all it took to herald a revival. In 1970, the year of Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Beatles' Let It Be, a record of arcane late 19th-century American piano music, released on a label that was otherwise building its reputation as a chronicler of the hardcore American avant-garde, began to sell in implausible quantities. Audiences ordinarily enamoured of piano miniatures by Chopin, Brahms and Liszt were suddenly taking pleasure in the compositions of Scott Joplin, the Texas-born "King of Ragtime" whose über-catchy 1899 Maple Leaf Rag brought him immediate popularity, but who died in 1917 with two typically embarrassing composerly problems hanging over him: syphilis and a terminally unproduced opera, Treemonisha, »
Silent Witness was last night's (January 17) highest-rated show outside of soaps.
The BBC One crime drama continues to dominate Friday night ratings, this week drawing an average of 5.73m (24.1%) viewers - an additional 230k on last week's figures.
Sitcom Miranda grew the channel's audience to 3.73m at 8.30pm. The Graham Norton Show, featuring Girls star Lena Dunham, actress Olivia Colman, Idris Elba and Keane, attracted 3.63m (25.3%) at 10.45pm.
The Martin Lewis Money Show provided ITV's best non-soap ratings at 8pm, with an audience of 3.05m (13.7%). An additional 154.4k tuned in on +1.
On BBC Two, Mastermind took a 9.3% audience share, with 2.08m tuning in. »
8 items from 2014
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