Wednesday Ratings: Midsomer Murders beats Waterloo Road

Ratings data for Wednesday reveals that ITV’s Midsomer Murders once again had the better of BBC One’s school drama Waterloo Road. Channel Four’s new reality series, Seven Days, got off to a poor start at 10pm with little over 1 million viewers watching. 

As ever we start our ratings round-up with the breakfast slot and once again it was BBC One’s Breakfast which came out on top. Daybreak had 780,000 viewers while Breakfast had 1.3 million viewers. Lorraine Kelly’s show, which follows Daybreak, continues to outperform the breakfast magazine show as 1 million viewers tuned in. 

In the evening and it was the mid-week lull in ratings for The One Show at 7pm as 3.9 million viewers tuned in compared with 6.6 million for Emmerdale on ITV1. Channel Four had 1.5 million for Hollyoaks at 6.30pm followed by the Channel Four News at 7pm with 800,000 viewers. Science programme Bang Goes The Theory pulled in 3.6 million viewers for BBC One at 7.30pm while documentary The Unforgettable Terry Scott on ITV1 had 4.5 million viewers at the same time. The documentary looked at the career of the comedian who is perhaps best remembered for his long-term collaboration with actress June Whitfield.

 At 8pm Midsomer Murders once again had the better of BBC One’s school-drama Waterloo Road. The BBC One drama, which stars Amanda Burton, had 4.2 million viewers at 8pm, down on last week’s figures. Midsomer Murders, with John Nettles, on ITV1 had 5 million viewers for ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm. BBC Two’s documentary Battle of Britain: The Real Story, marking its anniversary, had 2.3 million viewers. Food on Channel Four meanwhile attracted 1.8 million viewers. At 9pm the second part of BBC One’s documentary Lost Land of the Tigers dropped to 3.6 million viewers – it opened on Tuesday evening with 4.9 million viewers. Britain’s Youngest Boarders on BBC Two was seen by 1.8 million viewers while Channel Four’s Grand Designs had 3.2 million viewers.

 At 10pm BBC News had 4.5 million viewers compared with 2.3 million for ITV’s News at Ten. New reality series Seven Days on Channel Four got off to a terrible start with just 1.1 million viewers. Channel Five’s best ratings of the night was for Cowboy Builders which had 1.4 million viewers while Australian soap Neighbours had 1.2 million viewers while Home & Away pulled in 800,000 viewers.