Wednesday Ratings: Midsomer Murders continues winning streak over Waterloo Road

ITV drama Midsomer Murders continued its winning streak over BBC One series Waterloo Road last night. Elsewhere Breakfast on BBC One saw a sharp rise in ratings but there was no rise for Daybreak on ITV1.


BBC BreakfastThere was a sharp rise for Breakfast on BBC One yesterday morning – possibly because of the rescue of the trapped miners in Chile. The BBC One magazine series saw ratings rise to 1.8 million viewers – a rise of 400,000 viewers. However, there was no such rise for Daybreak over on ITV with news reports once again claiming a revamp is looming. Several tabloids are claiming the Adrian Chiles/Christine Bleakley fronted series is poised for a revamp as ratings have slipped below the 700,000 viewers mark – where they have remained so far across this week. However, Daybreak has only just slipped below the mark and as such its figures are still holding steady but it needs to see ratings rises rather than further declines.


In the evening the mid-week edition of The One Show slipped below 4 million viewers at 7pm with 3.9 million. At 7.30 sciences programme Bang Goes the Theory mustered 3.2 million viewers. Over on BBC Two at 6.30 Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two had 2.1 million while Commonwealth Games coverage was seen by 1.5 million viewers. Emmerdale on ITV1 at 7pm was only just short off the 7 million mark with 6.8 million viewers followed by New You’ve Been Framed with 5.4 million viewers. Channel Four News at 7pm also saw a rise in ratings with 1.1 million viewers which is up roughly 200,000 on its average.


Midsomer MurdersAt 8pm BBC One drama Waterloo Road continued to lag behind ITV’s Midsomer Murders with 4.3 million viewers. Masterchef: The Professions served up 3.1 million viewers for BBC Two at 8pm while Midsomer Murders had 5.2 million viewers for ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm. Channel Four series Food: What Goes in Your Basket? pulled in 1.6 million viewers. At 9pm the second edition of The Apprentice, now in its 7th season, had 7.4 million viewers – up on last week’s opener. Wonderland: Boy Cheerleaders on BBC Two had 1 million while Grand Designs on Channel Four had 2.6 million viewers.


The best rating of the evening for Channel Five was at 8pm for Cowboy Builders which had 1.7 million viewers. NCIS at 9pm had 1 million viewers while Aussie soaps Neighbours pulled in 1.2 million viewers and Home & Away had 800,000 viewers.