'Superstar' first live show stumbles along with 2.9m
Published Jul 17 2012, 12:24 BST | By Paul Millar Andrew Lloyd Webber
saw no ratings boost as the live shows began last night (July 16).
Afnan Iftikhar's exit from the opera talent search
, hosted by Amanda Holden, was seen by 2.83m (12.7%) between 9pm and 10.30pm - adding 103k (0.6%) on ITV1 +1.
Monday's audience for Superstar
was also worryingly 300k lower than Sunday's (July 15) pre-recorded boot camp edition
Christopher Eccleston's BBC drama Blackout
with just 3m (13%), while Undercover Boss
interested 1.96m (8.5%) on Channel 4 (+1: 320k/1.7%), and 1.39m (6%) watched Operation Crossbow
on BBC Two.
Airing against EastEnders
in the 8pm slot, Britain's Secret Treasures
opened with 3.87m (16.8%) on ITV1 (+1: 133k/0.6%), University Challenge
returned to BBC Two with 2.02m (8.7%), and Dispatches
rallied to 1.2m (5.6%) for Channel 4 (+1: 178k/0.6%).Jamie's Summer Food Rave Up
with 1.09m (4.6%) at 8.30pm (+1: 201k/0.9%), while Panorama
took 3.13m (13.3%) for BBC One, and Hairy Bikers
fetched 1.44m (6.1%) for BBC Two.
Meanwhile on Channel 5, Police Interceptors
slipped to 907k (3.9%) in the 8pm hour, then 1.29m (5.6%) caught the latest Big Brother highlights show, and The Walking Dead
attracted 831k (4.4%).
Amazingly, an old edition of the recently cancelled
detective drama Lewis
beat Big Brother, drawing 1.38m (6.6%) to ITV3 between 9pm and 11pm.
Overall, ITV1 topped primetime with 21.4% (+1: 0.6%), seeing off BBC One's 17.9%. BBC Two and Channel 4 tied in third place with 5.7% (C4+1: 0.9%), ahead of ITV3's 4.5% and Channel 5's 3.9% (+1: 0.2%).
A BBC Four documentary about the history of toilets, The Toilet: An Unspoken History
, sucked in 1m (4.3%) in the 9pm slot.BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional