BBC One drama Waterloo Road had the better of UEFA Champion’s League coverage on ITV1 at 8pm with the match between Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspurs failing to pulling in 4 million viewers.
Wednesday saw the coalition government finally publish its much awaited spending review and the public at large found out just how savage the forthcoming cuts are going to be. It is likely therefore that the spending review is the reason behind the rise in ratings for Breakfast on BBC One yesterday which had 1.6 million viewers. Sadly for Daybreak though there was no rise in ratings with 700,000 viewers tuning in. Coverage of the spending review dominated BBC Two yesterday afternoon with an average audience of 630,000 viewers and a peak of 870,000 viewers at 1.15pm. ITV also had coverage of the spending review between 12.15 and 1.45 with a slightly higher average of 730,000 viewers.
The BBC News at 6pm also had strong ratings with 5 million viewers followed by the corporation’s regional news programmes withy 5.8 million viewers. This compares with just 3.6 million viewers for ITV’s national news programme at 6.30. The One Show at 7pm also posted strong ratings for BBC One with 4.8 million viewers followed by Helicopter Heroes which held the audience of The One Show with 4.8 million. Over on BBC Two at 6.30pm Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two had 2.3 million followed by Hostage in the Jungle across the 7pm hour with 1.1 million viewers. ITV1 at 7pm had 6.6 million viewers for Emmerdale with audiences dropping to just 3.7 million viewers between 7.30 and 10pm for UEFA Champion’s League coverage of the match between Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspurs. At 6.30pm on Channel Four teen-soap Hollyoaks mustered 1.1 million viewers while Channel Four News at 7pm had 1.2 million viewers – up on its average of 900,000 viewers.
At 8pm school drama Waterloo Road, starring Amanda Burton, won the slot with 4.6 million viewers on BBC One. This is a rare ratings victory for the school drama as so far across its series it has been beaten by Midsomer Murders on ITV1. However, the lackluster football match on ITV gave Waterloo Road a needed boost. At 8pm on BBC Two Masterchef: The Professionals served had 3 million viewers while Channel Four’s Food: What Goes In Your Basket had 2 million viewers.
At 9pm the third episode of the new series of The Apprentice on BBC One had 7 million viewers with Wonderland: High Society Brides on BBC Two pulling in 1.7 million viewers followed by The Apprentice: You’re Fired at 10pm with 2.2 million viewers. At 9pm on Channel Four Grand Designs continued to perform well for the broadcaster with 3 million viewers. Neighbours on Channel Five at 5.30pm had a ratings surge with 1.5 million viewers – its best performance for some time in the slot. Home and Away had 1 million viewers at 6pm while Cowboy Builders at 8pm delivered the best audience of the night for the broadcaster with 1.7 million viewers followed at 9pm by NCIS with 1.3 million.