TV viewing round-up: January 2017

27 Feb 2017  |  Simon Wright 
TV viewing round-up: January 2017

Apple Tree Yard, an adaptation of Louise Doughty's novel about a doctor who has a seemingly random affair, kicked off BBC One's new season of Sunday night drama last month.

Starring Emily Watson as Dr Yvonne Carmichael and Ben Chaplin as the mysterious Mark Costley (pictured), the four-part mini series drew in 7 million viewers.

Meanwhile, Death in Paradise returned to our screens in January, giving viewers another dose of sun soaked Caribbean murder mysteries.

The début of series six, which saw DI Humphrey Goodman and the team investigating the death of a scientist on the side of a live volcano, was watched by an average audience of 9.3 million - the highest viewing figures since the show launched in 2011.

Over on ITV, the commercial broadcaster's love affair with period dramas shows no sign of abating with the première of eight-part The Halcyon launching in January.

Set during World War II in a five-star hotel at the centre of London society, the opening episode launched with 5.9 million viewers.

January also saw the transfer of singing contest The Voice from BBC One to ITV. Retaining Welsh music legend Tom Jones, Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am and adding new coaches Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale, the reality show got off to a good start with 6.6 million viewers.

The second series of crime drama Unforgotten hit the small screen in January, once again starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar as the police officers on the trail of a murder.

The highest rating was recorded by the second episode of the series, with an average of 5.6 million people watching.

Other shows that did well in January include: the most watched programme of the month Sherlock, which had 11.3 million viewers; Endeavour, watched by just under 6.3 million people; the New Year's Day special of Mrs Brown's Boys, seen by 8.8 million viewers; Spy in the Wild, watched by 6.2 million and Call The Midwife, the second highest rated programme of January with 9.9 million viewers.

Top Programmes (excluding soaps):

Sorting Programme On Air Date Genre Station Start / End Viewers (m)
1 SHERLOCK Sunday 1 January 2017 Drama BBC1 20:29-21:58 11.34
2 CALL THE MIDWIFE Sunday 29 January 2017 Drama BBC1 20:01-20:59 9.89
3 DEATH IN PARADISE Thursday 5 January 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:58 9.26
4 MRS BROWN'S BOYS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Sunday 1 January 2017 Comedy BBC1 22:00-22:34 8.78
5 SILENT WITNESS Monday 16 January 2017 Drama BBC1 21:01-21:59 8.56
6 COUNTRYFILE Sunday 29 January 2017 Factual BBC1 18:30-19:30 7.29
7 APPLE TREE YARD Sunday 22 January 2017 Drama BBC1 21:01-21:59 7.01
8 TABOO Saturday 7 January 2017 Drama BBC1 21:15-22:10 7.00
9 LET IT SHINE Saturday 7 January 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 19:00-20:23 7.00
10 STILL OPEN ALL HOURS Sunday 29 January 2017 Comedy BBC1 19:31-20:00 6.80
11 THE VOICE UK Saturday 7 January 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 20:02-21:33 6.64
12 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Sunday 8 January 2017 Factual BBC1 19:30-20:28 6.51
13 ENDEAVOUR Sunday 8 January 2017 Drama ITV 20:02-21:57 6.27
14 SPY IN THE WILD Thursday 12 January 2017 Factual BBC1 20:01-20:59 6.22
15 THE HALCYON Monday 2 January 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-22:00 5.88
16 MIDSOMER MURDERS Wednesday 11 January 2017 Drama ITV 20:03-21:57 5.85
17 CASUALTY Saturday 7 January 2017 Drama BBC1 20:24-21:14 5.80
18 SIX O'CLOCK NEWS Tuesday 3 January 2017 News BBC1 18:00-18:29 5.80
19 UNFORGOTTEN Thursday 12 January 2017 Drama ITV 21:02-22:00 5.64
20 TINA & BOBBY Friday 13 January 2017 Drama ITV 20:59-21:58 5.64

Sky vs Freeview (share):

Sky Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 23.83 26.63 2.80
BBC2 5.13 7.20 2.08
ITV 13.23 15.30 2.08
Channel 4 4.90 5.05 0.15
Channel 5 6.78 3.93 -2.85
Others 46.15 41.80 -4.35

Sky vs Cable Digital (share):

Sky Cable Digital Difference in share
BBC1 23.83 24.70 0.88
BBC2 5.13 5.23 0.10
ITV 13.23 13.93 0.70
Channel 4 4.90 5.80 0.90
Channel 5 6.78 4.78 -2.00
Others 46.15 45.63 -0.53

Cable Digital vs Freeview (share):

Cable Digital Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 24.70 26.63 1.93
BBC2 5.23 7.20 1.98
ITV 13.93 15.30 1.38
Channel 4 5.80 5.05 -0.75
Channel 5 4.78 3.93 -0.85
Others 45.63 41.80 -3.83

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