Monday Ratings: EastEnders tops 9 million viewers
The start of dramatic week in EastEnders topped 9 million viewers for BBC One while ITV’s highly anticipated remake of Bouquet of Barbed Wire launches with over 5 million viewers.
The start of a dramatic week of episodes in EastEnders saw the BBC One soap top 9 million viewers. This week’s episodes will see the Queen Vic burn down and the lives of several Albert Square residents, including Landlady Peggy (Barbara Windsor) endangered when the devastating fire. Barbara Windsor is one of several stars, such as Lacey Turner, due to bow out of the soap prompting fan speculation of a several fatal casualties from the fire. Last night’s episode of EastEnders pulled in 9.2 million viewers to BBC One at 9pm. Overall it was a strong night for soaps with Emmerdale pulling in 7.2 million viewers while the two episodes of Coronation Street had 9.1 million viewers for each instalment.
The One Show at 7pm on BBC One once again broke the 4 million mark with 4.3 million viewers – last week ratings for the magazine show dropped below 4 million viewers for several days. At 8pm on BBC Two University Challenge was seen by 2.5 million followed by Antiques Master at 8.30 with 1.9 million viewers. Panorama on BBC One at 8.30pm had 2.5 million viewers while Come Dine With Me: Big Brother Winners on Channel Four attracted 2 million with a further 700,000 viewers on the time-shift channel.
At 9pm on ITV1 the broadcasters highly anticipated remake of the 1970s risqué drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire launched with over 5 million viewers. The remake stars Trevor Eve, Hermione Norris and Jemima Rooper and according to overnight figures the drama was seen by 5.1 million viewers. On BBC One at the same time Holby City actor Hugh Quarshie traced his family roots in the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? which had 5 million viewers – only narrowly behind the ITV drama. Dragon’s Den on BBC Two at 9pm had 2.7 million viewers while My Family’s Crazy Gap Year had just 1.1 million viewers.
At 10pm on BBC Two comedy Grandma’s House dropped below 1 million viewers while Ultimate Big Brother on Channel Four pulled in 2.4 million viewers. Mutli-channel wise new Russell Tovey comedy Him & Her on BBC Three launched with nearly 600,000 viewers at 10.30pm.