Ratings round-up: ‘Wizards and Aliens’ debuts strongly on CBBC

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In the week in which it was announced that The Paradise had been awarded a second series, the period drama entertained 4.4m viewers and an 18.2% audience share.

Other shows from Tuesday did not fare as well, with Cuckoo, which started very promisingly, falling to 673k (3.3%) and Fresh Meat, although up on last week, still only managing to attract 735k (4%) for Channel 4.

Wednesday saw DCI Banks narrowly win its time slot on timeshift for ITV1 with 4.4m viewers and Dallas, which was regularly pulling in over 1 million viewers a couple of weeks ago, could only muster 967k people this week.

After dipping below 1m last week, Red Dwarf rose to 1.1m (4.9%) for Dave and is continuing to perform strongly for the channel, boding well for Series XI.

Thursday’s ‘H’ theme saw familiar results as Hunted continued with a rather low-key 3.1m (14%) viewers, but still did enough to beat ITV1’s Homefront which drew in 2.5m (11.2%). Hebburn tickled the funny bone of 1.2m (6.4%) on BBC Two, while the US mini-series Hatfields & McCoys roped in 1.1m (4.8%) viewers for Channel 5.

On Monday the rescheduled penultimate episode of New Tricks’ ninth series recorded the lowest ratings of the run with 6.8m (27.2%), but ITV1’s Monroe failed to really take advantage with only 3m (12.1%) viewers. Both Switch and Arrow continued to perform admirably for ITV2 and Sky1 with 379k (2.1%) and 714k (2.8%) viewers respectfully.

Finally, Russell T. Davies’ new childrens’ show Wizards and Aliens launched this week on CBBC with 474k (3%) viewers – 52% higher than the usual average figure for this time slot.

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

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