Paul O'Grady's 'Dogs' show bows out with nearly 5m viewers
Published Oct 16 2012, 13:13 BST
By Paul Millar
's For the Love of Dogs
concluded with a series high of almost 5 million viewers last night (October 15).
The final edition of O'Grady's seven-part fly-on-the-wall show for ITV drew 4.73m and a 19.3% share, adding a further 257k (1.1%) on ITV1 +1.
Clashing with BBC One's popular EastEnders
, For the Love of Dogs
has become ITV's most successful format in its Monday 8pm filler slot in the 21st century.For the Love of Dogs
has also outperformed the presenter's Friday night chat show Paul O'Grady Live
, which was dropped after two series
following unspectacular viewing figures
There was also good news for ITV in O'Grady's old stomping ground, as The Chase
commanded 2.89m (20.5%) at 5pm (+1: 219k/1%), beating Pointless
's 2.58m (10.6%) for BBC One.
However, ITV's success didn't run into the 9pm hour, where James Nesbitt's Monroe
sunk to 2.77m (11.9%) at the mercy of New Tricks
, which remained solidly high with 7.26m (31.1%).
Elsewhere, University Challenge
(2.24m/9.3%) and Wonderland
(1.54m/6.6%) were fairly consistent for BBC Two. Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
dazzled 1.91m (9.4%) at 6.30pm.
Meanwhile, Channel 4's 999: What's Your Emergency
climbed to 2.07m (8.9%) at 9pm (+1: 439k/2.6%), and Channel 5's highest-rated programme was once again 8pm's Classic Car Rescue
with 991k (4.1%).
Overall, BBC One topped primetime with 23.3% over ITV1's 21.9% (+1: 0.8%). BBC Two claimed third place with 6.9%, ahead of Channel 4's 5.2% (+1: 0.9%), and Channel 5's 3.7% (+1: 0.2%).
Witch drama Switch
, starring Lacey Turner, premiered on ITV2 with 574k (3.4%) at 10pm, beating the return of Made in Chelsea
which attracted 452k (2.7%) and 101k (1.2%) on E4 +1.
BBC Four's Only Connect
was the most-watched digital broadcast with 860k (3.5%) in its usual 8.30pm slot - the gameshow also helped 9pm's World War Two
, which interested 654k (3%).BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional