Wednesday Ratings: Strong return for Grand Designs

The return of Grand Designs to Channel Four last night as seen by over 3 million viewers.


As ever our ratings round-up starts off with the battle of the breakfast programmes – though its not really a battle. BBC One’s Breakfast always comes out on top with 1.4 million viewers while Daybreak continues to limp behind with under 800,000 viewers. The press are now widely reporting the lack of success Daybreak has encountered and how fans of GMTV are not impressed – the knives are well and truly out!


At 7pm on BBC One the mid-week edition of The One Show managed to avoid a lull in ratings that has plagued the magazine show in previous weeks. According to overnight ratings data  The One Show had 4.4 million viewers with Emmerdale on ITV1 taking 6.1 million at the same time. On BBC Two at the same time was a documentary on the Pope ahead of his state visit to the UK which starts today. Benedict: Trials of a Pope was seen by 900,000 viewers meaning it was narrowly ahead of Channel Four News which had 800,000 viewers. On BBC One at 7.30 science show Bang goes the Theory had an impressive 4.3 million viewers – holding steady its lead in from The One Show.


At 8pm on BBC One schools drama Waterloo Road, starring Amanda Burton, had nearly 5 million viewers. Overnight ratings reveal the series had 4.8 million viewers. UEFA coverage on ITV1, of the Arsenal/Braga match, had a poor 3.8 million viewers – meaning Waterloo Road was comfortably ahead. Food on Channel Four hjad 1.9 million viewers followed by Grand Designs which returned for a new series with an impressive 3.6 million viewers. On BBC One at 9pm was The Young Ones which was ahead by a slim figure – it had 3.7 million viewers.