Wednesday Ratings: Midsomer Murders butchers Waterloo Road

Overnight ratings for Wednesday reveals that bonkers ITV1 detective drama Midsomer Murders slaughtered the teachers and students of BBC One drama Waterloo Road. Elsewhere Daybreak’s ratings held steady while The One Show suffered from a mid-week lull, again, as ratings dipped.


Ratings data for Wednesday has been released and there’s no rise in ratings for Daybreak following its fall on Tuesday morning. The new ITV breakfast magazine programme fronted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley launched on Monday with nearly 1 million viewers which on Tuesday dropped to 900,000 viewers. However, according to ratings for Wednesday Daybreak held steady ratings wise with the same number of viewers – which will reassure ITV1 bosses. BBC One rivals Breakfast still had the upper-hand though with 1.4 million viewers.


In the evening and the midweek lull once again dented ratings for The One Show on BBC One at 7pm. The popular magazine show, now Amanda Burtonpresented by Alex Jones and Jason Manford, has so far averaged over 4 million viewers per edition. However, The One Show has suffered from a drop in ratings on the past few Wednesdays – a mid-week lull in an otherwise strong set of ratings for the magazine show. Last night The One Show dropped to 3.5 million viewers against Emmerdale’s 6.5 million viewers. At 8pm and it was Midsomer Murders that won the slot slaughtering the opposition. The bonkers ITV drama starring John Nettles – who is soon to depart the series – attracted 5.6 million viewers for a new episode. Waterloo Road on BBC One, which now stars Amanda Burton, lagged behind with 4.3 million viewers. Coast on BBC Two was seen by 2 million viewers while How To Look Good Naked, on Channel Four, wasn’t far behind with 1.7 million viewers.


At 9pm ITV once again won the slot as Midsomer Murders continued while BBC One’s Crimewatch had 3.5 million viewers. The Big School Lottery on BBC Two had 1.2 million viewers while Ultimate Big Vanessa FeltzBrother on Channel Four had 3 million viewers. At 10pm on Channel Four a new stunt by Derren Brown was seen by 2.6 million viewers followed by another edition of Ultimate Big Brother. The later edition of Ultimate Big Brother saw the evictions of Michelle Bass and Vanessa Feltz from the series and was seen by 2 million viewers – not bad considering the time it was on. Five’s best rating of the night was for NCIS at 9pm with 1.3 million viewers while Aussie-soap Neighbours also rating well for Channel Five at 5.30pm with 1.1 million viewers.