The return of Heston Blumenthal’s Channel Four series, Heston’s Feats, was a hit with viewers last night as ratings for the programme tied with that for BBC Two’s documentary on Great Ormond Street.
The new series of Heston’s Feasts kicked off on Channel Four last night with the chef’s Willy Wonka inspired episode; Heston’s Chocolate Factory Feast. The popular chef has teamed up with Delia Smith recently to promote ‘posh’ supermarket Waitrose in a series of adverts on television in-which the two chefs go through a recipe for a dish – a mini cookery programme in essence. From the ratings for last night’s opening instalment of Heston’s Feast it seems clear why Waitrose picked up. Overnight figures reveal that 2.4 million viewers tuned in – the same audience which were watching BBC Two’s documentary on Great Ormond Street hospital. Figures from Channel Four’s timeshift channel that puts the programme on 2.8 million overall viewers.
The penultimate episode of Masterchef on BBC One also proved to be a hit with cookery fans as 5 million viewers tuned in at 9pm. At the same time on ITV a repeat of Law & Order UK had 2 million which put it on a level-pegging with CSI on Five. ITV’s documentary on the finale of A Touch of Frost had 3.3 million at 8pm – over 8 million viewers tuned in on Monday evening to watch David Jason’s final episode. Medical drama Holby City on BBC One at 8pm had 5.4 million viewers. Shameless on Channel Four at 10pm had 2.2 million viewers while ITV2’s The Vampire Diaries had half a million viewers.