Ratings round-up: ‘The Paradise’ concludes with 4.7m

Merlin continued to consistently pull in a strong audience last weekend as 5.5m (21.9%) viewers watched ‘The Dark Tower’.

The adventures of the (non-spectacle wearing) boy wizard have continued to be as popular as ever; and that’s despite going up against fallen giant The X Factor.

Also on Saturday 10 November, CSI: Miami attracted a decent 816k (3.7%) for Channel 5.

Mixed fortunes have befallen Channel 4 of late and Sunday 11th was no exception. Homeland bagged its highest audience of the second season so far with 2.1m (7.9%) viewers, but Friday Night Dinner continues to struggle with only 525k (2.3%) house guests tucking in this week.

The New Tricks-sized hole in the schedules is yet to be filled and so it’s the turn of the multi-channels to bathe in the Monday night glory. Over on Sky1 John Barrowman made his debut in Arrow with 645k (2.1) viewers looking on; and Switch on ITV2 continues to bang the drum for drama as it beat Made in Chelsea for a third week with 394k (2.3%).

Tuesday 13 saw The Paradise finish impressively with an increased audience of 4.7m (18.9%) viewers, even though it was against Ant and Dec’s latest series of Carry On Up The Jungle on ITV. The woes of Channel 4 comedy also (undeservedly) continued with Fresh Meat only drawing in 732k (4.2%).

The second series of The Hour started on Wednesday with a relatively low-key 1.3m (6.1%) viewers, sadly lower than any of the ratings for Series 1.

The penultimate episode of spy drama Hunted could only muster 2.6m (10.4%) viewers on Thursday 15, whilst Channel 4 launched John Simm’s Everyday which entertained 749k (3.5%).

Finally, the big (bang) story of the week is probably the return of The Big Bang Theory for its sixth season on E4. The 2.3m (9.5%) viewers that tuned in made it the biggest (and bangiest?) show on E4 this year.

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All data was supplied by Attentional, Digital Spy and The Guardian.

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