TV viewing round-up: May 2017

22 Jun 2017  |  Simon Wright 
TV viewing round-up: May 2017

Two very different, but each in their own way interesting, real-life dramas aired on BBC One in May.

The first was the harrowing three-part mini series Three Girls, based on the shocking grooming scandal that happened in Rochdale between 2008-2012.

Starring Maxine Peake and Lesley Sharp as sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham and detective Maggie Oliver - the women who battled to get justice for the victims - the first episode was viewed by 8.2 million people.

The month's other true-life offering saw former Carry On and Eastenders star Barbara Windsor's story brought to the small screen.

Covering Barbara's life from early childhood, through her time as a Carry On stalwart and then later as Peggy Mitchell, the feature length drama, Babs, pulled in an audience of just under 5 million viewers.

May's most watched programme, however, was ITV's talent show contest Britain's Got Talent, which still connects with the viewing public in a way that The X Factor no longer seems to be able to do.

Still in the auditions phase of the contest, the edition broadcast on 6 May 2017 attracted an average audience of 10.9 million.

Elsewhere, BBC One's North East police period drama Inspector George Gently returned to the nation's screens, once again starring Martin Shaw in the title role.

With the show now set in 1970, the opening episode saw Gently looking into a possible miscarriage of justice and was watched by 5.6 million people

He might be a one trick pony but it's a popular trick, with Keith Lemon's latest show Keith and Paddy Picture Show proving to be one of ITV's best-performing programmes of the month.

An average audience of 5.3 million people tuned in to see the pair put their unique spin on popular 1980s film Dirty Dancing - with some help from Larry Lamb, Jessica Hynes, John Barrowman and Kimberly Wyatt.

Meanwhile, the finale of the English football season saw two of London's top clubs fighting it out for the last piece of domestic silverware.

BBC One's coverage of FA Cup Final: Arsenal vs Chelsea attracted 7.5 million viewers, as Arsenal rescued a disappointing league season by depriving their west London neighbour of 'The Double' with a 2-1 win.

Other programmes that did well in May include: MasterChef, which pulled in 6.5 million viewers; Antiques Roadshow, watched by 6 million people; Granchester, seen by an average audience of 5.6 million; The Truth About Sleep, which attracted a rating of 4.7 million and the Sean Bean priest drama Broken, which gained a rating of 4.1 million viewers.

Top Programmes (excluding soaps):

Sorting Programme On Air Date Genre Station Start / End Viewers (m)
1 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SERIES 11) Saturday 6 May 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 20:02-21:15 10.94
2 THREE GIRLS Tuesday 16 May 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-22:00 8.24
3 FA CUP FINAL: ARSENAL VS CHELSEA Saturday 27 May 2017 Sport BBC1 17:18-19:50 7.50
4 LITTLE BOY BLUE Monday 15 May 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 7.37
5 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT RESULT (2017) Monday 29 May 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 21:34-22:00 6.90
6 THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST Saturday 13 May 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 20:00-23:44 6.89
7 PETER KAY'S CAR SHARE Tuesday 2 May 2017 Comedy BBC1 21:01-21:28 6.66
8 MASTERCHEF Friday 12 May 2017 Factual BBC1 20:31-21:29 6.47
9 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Sunday 7 May 2017 Factual BBC1 19:00-19:58 5.99
10 DOCTOR WHO Saturday 27 May 2017 Drama BBC1 19:51-20:37 5.79
11 COUNTRYFILE Sunday 14 May 2017 Factual BBC1 18:59-19:58 5.72
12 INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY Sunday 21 May 2017 Drama BBC1 20:30-21:58 5.62
13 SIX O'CLOCK NEWS Tuesday 23 May 2017 News BBC1 18:00-18:55 5.59
14 GRANTCHESTER Sunday 14 May 2017 Drama ITV 21:02-22:00 5.55
15 THE DURRELLS Sunday 7 May 2017 Drama ITV 20:00-20:58 5.52
16 BBC NEWS Monday 1 May 2017 News BBC1 18:30-18:48 5.51
17 HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU Friday 12 May 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 21:30-21:59 5.37
18 KEITH AND PADDY PICTURE SHOW Saturday 6 May 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 21:19-21:46 5.25
19 BABS Sunday 7 May 2017 Drama BBC1 20:01-21:28 4.97
20 CASUALTY Saturday 20 May 2017 Drama BBC1 20:59-21:48 4.84
21 HOLBY CITY Tuesday 2 May 2017 Drama BBC1 20:02-21:00 4.80
22 THE TRUTH ABOUT SLEEP Thursday 11 May 2017 Factual BBC1 21:01-21:59 4.70
23 POINTLESS CELEBRITIES Saturday 20 May 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 18:37-19:26 4.63
24 PANORAMA SPECIAL: MADELEINE MCCANN: 10 Y Wednesday 3 May 2017 Factual BBC1 21:00-21:59 4.47
25 BROKEN Tuesday 30 May 2017 Drama BBC1 21:02-21:58 4.12

Sky vs Freeview (share):

Sky Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 22.00 25.43 3.43
BBC2 5.15 7.00 1.85
ITV 12.00 13.90 1.90
Channel 4 4.88 4.98 0.10
Channel 5 5.85 4.43 -1.43
Others 50.13 44.30 -5.83

Sky vs Cable Digital (share):

Sky Cable Digital Difference in share
BBC1 22.00 23.08 1.08
BBC2 5.15 5.10 -0.05
ITV 12.00 12.68 0.68
Channel 4 4.88 5.38 0.50
Channel 5 5.85 4.50 -1.35
Others 50.13 49.23 -0.90

Cable Digital vs Freeview (share):

Cable Digital Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 23.08 25.43 2.35
BBC2 5.10 7.00 1.90
ITV 12.68 13.90 1.23
Channel 4 5.38 4.98 -0.40
Channel 5 4.50 4.43 -0.08
Others 49.23 44.30 -4.93

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