Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) exit from EastEnders was seen by over 8 million viewers while Coronation Street toppled below 6 million viewers and Paul O’Grady’s new chat-show got off to a weak start.
Our final ratings round-up of the week will once again start with the battle of the breakfast magazine programmes. Daybreak ended its first week on-air with another drop in the ratings after holding steady for several days. The new ITV1 show, fronted by Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles, launched on Monday morning with nearly 1 million viewers however, Tuesday’s edition saw a drop to 900,000 viewers. Following the drop the ratings for Wednesday and Thursday held steady but the Friday edition of Daybreak saw a drop to 800,000 viewers. BBC One’s Breakfast pulled in 1.4 million viewers – a pretty solid figure. Following Daybreak on ITV1 was Lorraine Kelly’s show which out performed the breakfast magazine programme with 1.1 million viewers. Controversial chat-show Jeremy Kyle followed on ITV1 with 1.3 million viewers.
At 7pm on BBC One the final edition of the week of The One Show, fronted by Alex Jones and Chris Evans, had 4 million viewers. ITV soap Emmerdale had 6.2 million viewers at the same time while Coronation Street at 7.30 had a poor 7.4 million viewers. On Channel Four the start of its Big Brother themed evening of programmes – tie in with the conclusion of the reality series – kicked off with the first part of the final show with 2.7 million viewers. At 8pm the final episode of EastEnders to feature Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell pulled in 8.9 million viewers. The iconic Landlady of the Queen Vic decided to quit Albert Square for a new life following the devastating fire started by son Phil (Steve McFadden). Following the episode on BBC One was a special documentary to mark the departure of Windsor from the BBC soap; Peggy Mitchell: Queen of the Vic which had 4.4 million viewers. The second edition of Coronation Street of the evening at 8.30pm had a poor 5.5 million viewers – dented no doubt by the extended edition of EastEnders and the finale of Big Brother on Channel Four.
At 9pm New Tricks, starring Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong, returned for a sixth series on BBC One. The police drama returned with an impressive 7.1 million viewers and comfortably won the slot. Paul O’Grady’s new chat-show on ITV1 meanwhile launched with a disappointing figure. O’Grady defected from Channel Four back to ITV1 earlier this year to front a new prime-time chat-show for the broadcaster but the first edition of Paul O’ Grady Live had just 3.3 million viewers. However, once again tough competition from BBC One in the form of New Tricks probably dented the figures for the show. Channel Four’s themed evening of Big Brother programmes continued at 10pm with Davina’s Big Sendoff which had 3.2 million viewers followed by Ultimate Big Brother: The Final which had 3.7 million viewers.