TV viewing round-up: September 2017

17 Oct 2017  |  Simon Wright 
TV viewing round-up: September 2017

Strictly Come Dancing ruled the airwaves in September, as the fifteenth series returned to BBC One's Saturday night autumn line-up.

Featuring a new batch of celebrity hopefuls including former X Factor rivals Ashton Merrygold and Alexandra Burke, the dancing competition launched with 11 million viewers.

By comparison, the former ruler of Saturday night entertainment, ITV's The X Factor, only managed a still-respectful 7.4 million viewers.

BBC One's Doctor Foster edged closer to concluding its second series run as the title character started to plot her revenge - with just over 8.8 million people tuning in to the penultimate episode of the Suranne Jones-led drama.

ITV's hot button issue drama Liar also proved to be quite popular with viewers this September, with the six-part "he said/she said" rape drama, starring Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt in the main roles, kicking off with 7.5 million viewers.

Meanwhile, Comedy drama Cold Feet returned to ITV, with the lives and loves of the main quintet still holding sway with 5.3 million people.

Other programmes that did well in September include: Victoria, which was watched by 6.2 million viewers; Strike: The Silkworm, which pulled in an audience of 7.3 million; ITV's latest attempt at comedy Bad Move, starring Jack Dee, which was seen by 4.5 million people; and Rellik, which attracted just under 5 million viewers for the opening episode.

Top Programmes (excluding soaps):

Sorting Programme On Air Date Genre Station Start / End Viewers (m)
1 STRICTLY COME DANCING Saturday 23 September 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 18:25-20:42 11.04
2 DOCTOR FOSTER Tuesday 26 September 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:58 8.81
3 THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF Tuesday 5 September 2017 Factual Channel 4 19:59-21:13 8.59
4 LIAR Monday 25 September 2017 Drama ITV 21:01-21:59 7.53
5 THE X FACTOR Saturday 16 September 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 20:02-21:14 7.38
6 STRIKE: THE SILKWORM Sunday 10 September 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:58 7.31
7 STRIKE: THE CUCKOO'S CALLING Sunday 3 September 2017 Drama BBC1 21:01-21:59 7.25
8 DOC MARTIN Wednesday 20 September 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 6.58
9 VICTORIA Sunday 17 September 2017 Drama ITV 21:02-22:02 6.23
10 COUNTRYFILE Sunday 10 September 2017 Factual BBC1 18:59-19:59 5.94
11 WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIER: ENGLAND VS SLOVAKIA Monday 4 September 2017 Sport ITV 19:15-21:58 5.71
12 CASUALTY Saturday 23 September 2017 Drama BBC1 20:44-21:33 5.67
13 THE CHILD IN TIME Sunday 24 September 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-22:29 5.66
14 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Sunday 24 September 2017 Factual BBC1 20:00-20:58 5.62
15 BBC NEWS Saturday 9 September 2017 News BBC1 20:40-20:57 5.49
16 CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF Friday 22 September 2017 Factual BBC1 20:29-21:58 5.48
17 COLD FEET Friday 8 September 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 5.33
18 RELLIK Monday 11 September 2017 Drama BBC1 21:02-21:59 4.96
19 SIX O'CLOCK NEWS Wednesday 20 September 2017 News BBC1 18:00-18:27 4.93
20 FAKE OR FORTUNE? Sunday 10 September 2017 Factual BBC1 20:00-20:58 4.73
21 AMBULANCE Thursday 7 September 2017 Factual BBC1 21:01-21:58 4.57
22 BAD MOVE Wednesday 20 September 2017 Comedy ITV 20:02-20:26 4.50
23 HOLBY CITY Tuesday 12 September 2017 Drama BBC1 20:02-20:58 4.42
24 SAFE HOUSE Thursday 7 September 2017 Drama ITV 21:02-22:00 4.32
25 WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIER: MALTA VS ENGLAND Friday 1 September 2017 Sport ITV 19:14-21:58 4.19

Sky vs Freeview (share):

Sky Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 21.95 25.70 3.75
BBC2 4.50 6.18 1.68
ITV 13.10 15.28 2.18
Channel 4 5.88 6.60 0.73
Channel 5 5.85 3.95 -1.90
Others 48.70 42.35 -6.35

Sky vs Cable Digital (share):

Sky Cable Digital Difference in share
BBC1 21.95 23.23 1.28
BBC2 4.50 4.55 0.05
ITV 13.10 13.78 0.68
Channel 4 5.88 6.83 0.95
Channel 5 5.85 4.18 -1.68
Others 48.70 47.40 -1.30

Cable Digital vs Freeview (share):

Cable Digital Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 23.23 25.70 2.48
BBC2 4.55 6.18 1.63
ITV 13.78 15.28 1.50
Channel 4 6.83 6.60 -0.23
Channel 5 4.18 3.95 -0.23
Others 47.40 42.35 -5.05

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