TV viewing round-up: October 2017

21 Nov 2017  |  Simon Wright 
TV viewing round-up: October 2017

Viewers love David Attenborough. Viewers love wildlife documentaries. Viewers really love David Attenborough wildlife documentaries.

All of which means the sequel to BBC One's 2001 documentary series Blue Planet (cunningly titled Blue Planet II) was a fair bet to do well in the ratings.

The first episode of this series, which featured an interesting look at the life of hermit crabs, pulled in over 14 million viewers.

Despite not being a notable anniversary of the event, BBC One's three-part dramatisation of the 1605 conspiracy to blow up the Houses of Parliament saw Gunpowder hit the small screens this October.

Starring Kit Harrington as lead conspirator Robert Catesby along side Tom Cullen (Guy Fawkes), Liv Tyler (Anne Vaux) and Mark Gatiss (Sir Robert Cecil), the opening episode was watched by just under 7.5 million viewers.

The third series of army drama Our Girl, which saw Michelle Keegan's Georgie Lane decamped to Nepal, attracted a healthy audience of 5.6 million for its opening episode.

The conclusion of possibly the dullest Russia 2018 World Cup qualification campaign also meant ITV's coverage of England vs Slovenia pulled in some respectable viewing figures.

The match, which ended in a 1-0 victory to the home side thanks to a late goal by Tottenham striker Harry Kane, attracted an average audience of 5.2 million people.

Other shows that did well during October include: Liar (8.5 million); Doc Martin (6.4 million); The Apprentice (6.9 million); Victoria (5.9 million) and Ambulance (4.5 million).

Top Programmes (excluding soaps):

Sorting Programme On Air Date Genre Station Start / End Viewers (m)
1 BLUE PLANET II Sunday 29 October 2017 Factual BBC1 20:01-20:59 14.01
2 STRICTLY COME DANCING Saturday 28 October 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 18:38-20:18 12.28
3 STRICTLY COME DANCING: THE RESULTS Sunday 29 October 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 19:17-19:59 10.23
4 DOCTOR FOSTER Tuesday 3 October 2017 Drama BBC1 21:01-21:58 9.78
5 THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF Tuesday 31 October 2017 Factual Channel 4 19:59-21:13 9.55
6 LIAR Monday 16 October 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 8.51
7 GUNPOWDER Saturday 21 October 2017 Drama BBC1 21:11-22:09 7.49
8 COUNTRYFILE Sunday 22 October 2017 Factual BBC1 18:17-19:16 6.95
9 THE APPRENTICE Wednesday 11 October 2017 Factual BBC1 21:00-21:59 6.90
10 THE X FACTOR Sunday 8 October 2017 Light Entertainment ITV 19:32-20:58 6.83
11 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Sunday 15 October 2017 Factual BBC1 20:00-20:59 6.66
12 DOC MARTIN Wednesday 18 October 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 6.42
13 CASUALTY Saturday 21 October 2017 Drama BBC1 20:20-21:09 5.94
14 VICTORIA Sunday 8 October 2017 Drama ITV 21:02-22:01 5.90
15 THE LAST POST Sunday 1 October 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:59 5.79
16 SIX O'CLOCK NEWS Monday 16 October 2017 News/Current Affairs BBC1 18:00-18:29 5.70
17 OUR GIRL: NEPAL TOUR Tuesday 10 October 2017 Drama BBC1 21:00-21:58 5.58
18 POINTLESS CELEBRITIES Saturday 28 October 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 17:47-18:36 5.42
19 BBC NEWS Sunday 1 October 2017 News/Current Affairs BBC1 22:00-22:22 5.27
20 WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIER: ENGLAND VS SLOVENIA Thursday 5 October 2017 Sport ITV 19:29-22:01 5.19
21 HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU Friday 6 October 2017 Light Entertainment BBC1 21:00-21:29 5.18
22 INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY Monday 30 October 2017 Drama BBC1 20:30-21:58 5.07
23 COLD FEET Friday 20 October 2017 Drama ITV 21:00-21:58 4.97
24 TEN O'CLOCK NEWS Tuesday 3 October 2017 News/Current Affairs BBC1 22:00-22:35 4.91
25 AMBULANCE Thursday 12 October 2017 Factual BBC1 21:00-21:58 4.47

Sky vs Freeview (share):

Sky Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 22.93 26.48 3.55
BBC2 4.75 6.60 1.85
ITV 13.55 14.93 1.38
Channel 4 5.78 6.33 0.55
Channel 5 6.08 4.08 -2.00
Others 46.95 41.58 -5.38

Sky vs Cable Digital (share):

Sky Cable Digital Difference in share
BBC1 22.93 24.98 2.05
BBC2 4.75 4.98 0.23
ITV 13.55 13.70 0.15
Channel 4 5.78 7.10 1.33
Channel 5 6.08 3.90 -2.18
Others 46.95 45.35 -1.60

Cable Digital vs Freeview (share):

Cable Digital Freeview Difference in share
BBC1 24.98 26.48 1.50
BBC2 4.98 6.60 1.63
ITV 13.70 14.93 1.23
Channel 4 7.10 6.33 -0.78
Channel 5 3.90 4.08 0.18
Others 45.35 41.58 -3.78

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