TV viewing round-up: February 2017

14 Mar 2017  |  Simon Wright 
TV viewing round-up: February 2017

Imagine a world in which we had lost the Battle of Britain and London was under Nazi occupation. Sounds wildly exciting - but too bad the BBC's adaptation of Len Deighton's alternative history novel SS-GB reveals it to be a pretty boring affair.

Set in 1941 in a very different-looking Britain overrun by Germans, the five-part series starring Kate Bosworth and Sam Riley still attracted 7.7 million people for its opening episode.

Elsewhere, ITV's ratings banker Broadchurch returned for its third and apparently final series, once again starring David Tennant and BAFTA award winning Olivia Colman.

Following the mixed reception to the second series, this time around DI Hardy and DS Miller are investigating a sexual assault in a new story not tied to the show's original premise.

The third series launched with an impressive audience of 10.3 million, enough to make it the second most-watched programme during February.

BBC One's controversial dramatisation of the events surrounding the disappearance of 9-year-old Shannon Matthews also proved to be a big hit with viewers.

Featuring the ever reliable Sheridan Smith as Julie Bushby, the neighbour who led the initial search party for the missing child, the second of the two part drama The Moorside attracted the best viewing figure (10.2 million).

Sunday nights saw the arrival of new ITV drama The Good Karma Hospital, brightening up late winter television schedules with some sunny subcontinent locations.

Starring Amrita Acharia as a disillusioned junior doctor who leaves the UK for a job in South India, the six-part series launched with just under 6.9 million viewers.

Another new drama series hit the screens this February, with BBC One's three-part mini series The Replacement.

Telling the tale of a pregnant architect whose personal and professional life is affected while training her maternity cover, the first episode pulled in 6.8 million viewers.

February also saw the return of northern hemisphere rugby's premier tournament, Six Nations, with ITV and BBC One now into the second of their five-year joint coverage deal.

Coming out on top was BBC One's coverage of the second round match between Wales v England - won in the dying minutes by the away side - with a rating of 6.5 million.

ITV's first round match England v France, which also saw another narrow late win for England, grabbed a respectable average audience of 5.1 million.

Other programmes that did well in February include: Call The Midwife, attracting the biggest ratings of the month with 10.6 million; Death In Paradise, with 8.7 million viewers; The Voice UK, with 6.5 million viewers; The Real Marigold Hotel, 6 million and The Brit Awards watched by 5.6 million viewers.

Top Programmes (excluding soaps):

Sorting Programme On Air Date Genre Station Start / End Viewers (m)
1 CALL THE MIDWIFE Sunday 19 February 2017 Drama BBC1 20:01-20:59 10.63
2 BROADCHURCH Monday 27 February 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-21:59 10.30
3 THE MOORSIDE Tuesday 14 February 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:59 10.23
4 DEATH IN PARADISE Thursday 9 February 2017 Drama BBC1 21:01-21:59 8.71
5 ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY Saturday 25 February 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 19:01-20:29 8.17
6 SS-GB Sunday 19 February 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:59 7.82
7 COUNTRYFILE Sunday 19 February 2017 Factual BBC1 19:00-19:59 7.67
8 APPLE TREE YARD Sunday 5 February 2017 Drama BBC1 21:01-21:59 7.51
9 STILL OPEN ALL HOURS Sunday 5 February 2017 Comedy BBC1 19:31-20:00 7.13
10 THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL Sunday 12 February 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 6.88
11 THE REPLACEMENT Tuesday 28 February 2017 Drama BBC1 21:02-21:58 6.83
12 THE VOICE UK Saturday 11 February 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 20:02-21:15 6.53
13 SIX NATIONS RUGBY: WALES V ENGLAND Saturday 11 February 2017 Sport BBC1 16:14-18:54 6.51
14 FA CUP: SUTTON UTD V ARSENAL Monday 20 February 2017 Sport BBC1 19:29-21:59 6.19
15 BBC NEWS Sunday 5 February 2017 News BBC1 18:05-18:21 6.10
16 THE REAL MARIGOLD HOTEL Wednesday 15 February 2017 Factual BBC1 21:00-21:58 6.00
17 CASUALTY Saturday 18 February 2017 Drama BBC1 19:55-20:44 5.77
18 TABOO Saturday 4 February 2017 Drama BBC1 21:17-22:14 5.63
19 THE BRIT AWARDS Wednesday 22 February 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 19:32-21:55 5.56
20 SIX O'CLOCK NEWS Thursday 23 February 2017 News BBC1 18:00-18:28 5.56
21 UNFORGOTTEN Thursday 9 February 2017 Drama ITV 21:02-22:00 5.54
22 LET IT SHINE Saturday 4 February 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 18:41-20:24 5.25
23 WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Wednesday 15 February 2017 Factual BBC1 20:01-20:58 5.24
24 HOLBY CITY Tuesday 28 February 2017 Drama BBC1 20:01-20:59 5.22
25 RUGBY 6 NATIONS LIVE 2017: ENGLAND V FRANCE Saturday 4 February 2017 Sport ITV 16:11-18:57 5.08

Sky vs Freeview (share):

Sky Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 24.10 26.45 2.35
BBC2 4.73 6.73 2.00
ITV 13.30 15.10 1.80
Channel 4 5.10 5.15 0.05
Channel 5 5.95 3.90 -2.05
Others 46.85 42.65 -4.20

Sky vs Cable Digital (share):

Sky Cable Digital Difference in share
BBC1 24.10 24.20 0.10
BBC2 4.73 4.85 0.13
ITV 13.30 13.95 0.65
Channel 4 5.10 5.80 0.70
Channel 5 5.95 4.40 -1.55
Others 46.85 46.78 -0.08

Cable Digital vs Freeview (share):

Cable Digital Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 24.20 26.45 2.25
BBC2 4.85 6.73 1.88
ITV 13.95 15.10 1.15
Channel 4 5.80 5.15 -0.65
Channel 5 4.40 3.90 -0.50
Others 46.78 42.65 -4.13

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