TV viewing round-up: May 2016

21 Jun 2016  |  Simon Wright 
TV viewing round-up: May 2016

There was no avoiding the scores of programmes dedicated to our monarch's birthday, with The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration on ITV proving to be most popular in May.

The star-studded event featuring appearances from the likes of Helen Mirren, Andrea Bocelli, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and hosted by ITV stalwarts Ant and Dec, pulled in an average audience of 6.5 million.

Meanwhile, ITV's crime drama Marcella - from Hans Rosenfeldt of The Bridge fame - reached its conclusion in May.

The penultimate episode pulled in the biggest rating, as 6.2 million people tuned in to enjoy the twists in the serial killer case.

On BBC 2 there were mixed reviews for the relaunched Top Gear with new hosts Chris Evans and Matt 'Joey' Le Blanc last month.

Yet despite seemingly widespread criticism from fans on social media, the new incarnation of BBC's flagship motoring programme attracted 6.4 million viewers (the same figure as 2015's opening episode).

BBC One's coverage of FA Cup Final: Man United v Crystal Palace, provided good cheer for the corporation (if not for sacked cup winning manager Louis Van Gaal).

The 2-1 victory that saw Manchester United win its first trophy in 3 years, was watched by an average of 6.5 million viewers.

ITV's The Secret, starring Jimmy Nesbitt as real life killer dentist Colin Howell, came to a dramatic conclusion last month, with his confession to the long hidden crime.

The four part drama ended with 5.5 million viewers, exactly the same number that tuned in for the first episode.

Other programmes that did well this month include The Durrells (6 million); Home Fires (5.1 million); Attenborough At 90 (5.1 million); Undercover (4.9 million) and Let's Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood (4.9 million).

Top Programmes (excluding soaps):

Sorting Programme On Air Date Genre Station Start / End Viewers (m)
1 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT Saturday 7 May 2016 Light Entertainment ITV 20:02-21:14 10.81
2 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST GRAND FINAL Saturday 14 May 2016 Light Entertainment BBC1 20:00-23:46 7.33
3 FA CUP FINAL: MANCHESTER UTD VS CRYSTAL PALACE Saturday 21 May 2016 Sport BBC1 16:17-20:27 6.49
4 THE QUEEN'S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Sunday 15 May 2016 Factual ITV 20:35-23:16 6.48
5 TOP GEAR Sunday 29 May 2016 Factual BBC2 19:59-21:03 6.42
6 MARCELLA Monday 16 May 2016 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 6.21
7 THE DURRELLS Sunday 1 May 2016 Drama ITV 19:59-20:58 6.04
8 MASTERCHEF Friday 6 May 2016 Factual BBC1 20:30-21:28 5.91
9 THE SECRET Friday 20 May 2016 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 5.49
10 CASUALTY Saturday 21 May 2016 Drama BBC1 21:24-22:13 5.16
11 HOME FIRES Sunday 8 May 2016 Drama ITV 21:02-22:01 5.12
12 ATTENBOROUGH AT 90 Sunday 8 May 2016 Light Entertainment BBC1 19:00-19:59 5.11
13 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Sunday 15 May 2016 Factual BBC1 20:00-20:58 5.10
14 BBC NEWS Sunday 8 May 2016 News BBC1 22:03-22:26 5.09
15 HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU Friday 6 May 2016 Light Entertainment BBC1 21:30-21:59 5.08
16 UNDERCOVER Sunday 15 May 2016 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:59 4.91
17 LET'S DO IT: A TRIBUTE TO VICTORIA WOOD Sunday 15 May 2016 Factual ITV 19:32-20:30 4.88
18 IN THE CLUB Tuesday 3 May 2016 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:58 4.87
19 KILLER WOMEN WITH PIERS MORGAN Wednesday 11 May 2016 Factual ITV 21:02-22:00 4.86
20 TEN O'CLOCK NEWS Thursday 5 May 2016 News BBC1 22:00-22:30 4.79

Sky vs Freeview (share):

Sky Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 20.68 25.13 4.45
BBC2 4.75 6.63 1.88
ITV 13.78 16.20 2.43
Channel 4 4.85 5.25 0.40
Channel 5 4.98 4.10 -0.88
Others 51.00 42.68 -8.33

Sky vs Cable Digital (share):

Sky Cable Digital Difference in share
BBC1 20.68 22.35 1.68
BBC2 4.75 4.83 0.08
ITV 13.78 14.85 1.08
Channel 4 4.85 5.55 0.70
Channel 5 4.98 4.03 -0.95
Others 51.00 48.43 -2.58

Cable Digital vs Freeview (share):

Cable Digital Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 22.35 25.13 2.78
BBC2 4.83 6.63 1.80
ITV 14.85 16.20 1.35
Channel 4 5.55 5.25 -0.30
Channel 5 4.03 4.10 0.08
Others 48.43 42.68 -5.75

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