Saturday Ratings: Poor Launch for The Prisoner

Britain's Got TalentA full round-up for ratings on Saturday evening as ITV’s hyped remake of The Prisoner failed to make an impact on the ratings but Britain’s Got Talent had its best launch ever. On BBC One though talent quest Over the Rainbow sunk to 4 million viewers.

 

 

 

Titan talent competition Britain’s Got Talent returned to ITV1 last night for its fourth season. The series, fronted by Geordie duo Ant & Dec, had its best launch ever as 10.6 million viewers tuned in for last night’s 90 minute opening instalment. The figure places the programme as the third most watched programme on ITV for 2010 so far and the most watched programme of the day for ITV1. The return of Britain’s Got Talent probably helped new game-show The Whole 19 Yards get off to a good start with 4.3 million viewers. However, it wasn’t a good start for ITV’s hyped remake of The Prisoner at 9.30pm. The remake, of the classic 1960s series, starred Sir Ian McKellen but could only interest 3.2 million viewers – surprising given the strong lead in from BGT and no doubt disappointing for ITV.

 

 

Over on BBC One and Doctor Who was been by 6.2 million viewers with a further 230,000 watching on the BBC HD Channel later in the evening [usually Doctor Who is simulcast on BBC HD Channel but last night’s episode aired later in the evening because of football] pushing the combined figure for Victory of the Daleks to 6.4 million viewers. Over The Rainbow saw a big drop in ratings as 4 million viewers tuned in – doubtless the impact of BGT being felt. Medical drama Casualty had 5.3 million viewers as did the BBC News at 10.05pm.

 

BBC Two had 1.8 million for the extended repeat of Have I Got News For You while a repeat of Frank Skinner’s Opinionated had 1.3 million in a lacklustre night for the channel. Channel Four had 2.1 million for the screening of film Run Fatboy Run while CSI: New York had 1.5 million for Five.

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