The finale of the 11th and final series of Big Brother – at least final on Channel Four – pulled in 4 million viewers last night as Josie Gibson won the competition. Elsewhere the penultimate episode of The Bill was only narrowly beaten by BBC One’s struggling thriller series The Deep which stars James Nesbitt. Updated: The One Show ratings hold steady at 7pm with 4.3 million viewers while medical drama Holby City slipped below 5 million viewers – dented by the Big Brother finale.
The finale of the 11th and final series of Big Brother – at least final on Channel Four – pulled in 4 million viewers last night as Josie Gibson won the competition. According to overnight figures the live finale of Big Brother was seen by 4.1 million viewers with a peak of 4.6 million viewers. The winner of the 11th series was announced as Josie Gibson who won 77% of the public vote – as winner of the series Gibson automatically was put through to Ultimate Big Brother and re-entered the house to be joined by the likes of Nikki Graham, Nadia Almada, Makosi Musambasi and Samuel Preston. While the 11th series of Big Brother is the final to air on Channel Four its widely speculated that Channel Five will attempt to acquire the reality television series to bump up its ratings.
At 9pm on BBC One’s new thriller series The Deep continued to struggle with the ratings. The five-part drama stars James Nesbitt and Minnie Driver launched at the start of the month with 5.3 million viewers but subsequent episodes have seen ratings fall with last week’s episode pulling in 3.7 million viewers. There was a further drop for last night’s episode of The Deep with 3.5 million viewers and it was only narrowly ahead of The Bill. On ITV1 at 9pm the penultimate episode of The Bill was seen by 3.4 million viewers up on the 3.2 million who tuned in last week – the past few episodes of The Bill have seen ratings rise by 700,000 viewers. BBC Two at 9pm had 2 million viewers for Treasures of the Anglo Saxons while Channel Five had 1.5 million for CSI: Miami.
At 8pm on BBC One medical drama Holby City slipped to 4.9 million viewers – a rare drop below 5 million viewers for the long-running hospital saga. The Casualty spin-off usually averages closer to 6 million viewers per episode. BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off had 2.6 million viewers while the new-look Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on ITV1 had 3.2 million viewers. Earlier in the evening at 7pm The One Show continued to hold steady as viewers clearly take to new hosts Jason Manford and Alex Jones as 4.3 million viewers tuned in. The magazine programme attracted the same ratings on Monday evening. The most watched programme of the day was EastEnders at 7.30pm on BBC One which had 8.1 million. At 10pm on BBC Three a further 700,000 viewers watched the episode giving Tuesday’s EastEnders a combined audience of 8.8 million viewers. ITV soap Emmerdale had 6.3 million viewers at 7pm putting it 2 million viewers ahead of The One Show.