UK: A Selection of Top Documentary & Unscripted Programs in 2014 for 50 Channels

This week’s table captures a selection of the highest-rated programs for 50+/- UK channels in 2014.

  • The networks range from the broadcast giants BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 to tiny niche services like the Africa Channel and PBS America.
  • Discovery’s bouquet of channels is included.
  • We’ll share data for the suites of channels from A+E and Fox / Nat Geo another day.

The table provides useful insights into the relative scale of the UK viewing audience for 140 programs… and into what’s working or not.

A Selection of Top UK Programs by Channel, 2014

CHANNEL TITLE Viewers (‘000) Rating
AFRICA CHANNEL COOKING WITH SIBA 29 0.0
AFRICA CHANNEL STUDIO 53 7 0.0
ANIMAL PLANET MY TINY TERROR 37 0.1
ANIMAL PLANET TREEHOUSE MASTERS 79 0.1
BBC 1 THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 13,510 23.1
BBC 1 THE APPRENTICE 8,219 14.1
BBC 1 COUNTRYFILE 7,295 12.5
BBC 1 MASTERCHEF 6,577 11.2
BBC 2 TOP GEAR PATAGONIA 7,214 12.3
BBC 2 MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS 4,043 6.9
BBC 2 MARY BERRY COOKS 3,707 6.3
BBC 2 THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE 3,494 6.0
BBC 3 THE CALL CENTRE 1,317 2.3
BBC 3 HAIR 1,089 1.9
BBC 3 DON’T TELL THE BRIDE 909 1.6
BBC 3 TOUGH YOUNG TEACHERS 796 1.4
BBC 4 THE FIRST GEORGIANS: THE GERMAN KINGS 1,276 2.2
BBC 4 THE CODE 1,023 1.8
BBC 4 HOW THE WEST WAS WON WITH RAY MEARS 985 1.7
BBC 4 TALES FROM THE ROYAL WARDROBE 876 1.5
BET KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES 25 0.0
C4 BENEFITS STREET 6,482 11.1
C4 GOGGLEBOX 4,670 8.0
C4 BENEFITS BRITAIN: THE DEBATE 3,937 6.7
C4 ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE 3,663 6.3
C5 CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER 3,712 6.3
C5 BENEFITS BRITAIN: LIFE ON THE DOLE 3,161 5.4
C5 THE BIG BENEFITS ROW: LIVE 2,582 4.4
C5 AUTOPSY: WHITNEY HOUSTON’S LAST… 2,464 4.2
CHALLENGE THE BLURB 29 0.0
DAVE STORAGE HUNTERS 984 1.7
DAVE LIZARD LICK TOWING 576 1.0
DAVE TOP GEAR BURMA SPECIAL 426 0.7
DAVE SIN CITY MOTORS 347 0.6
DISC HOME & HEALTH 17 KIDS AND COUNTING 49 0.1
DISC HOME & HEALTH HOMES UNDER THE HAMMER 14 47 0.1
DISC HOME & HEALTH COUNTRY HOUSE RESCUE 38 0.1
DISC HOME & HEALTH 18 KIDS AND COUNTING 34 0.1
DISCOVERY QUEST SALVAGE HUNTERS 455 0.8
DISCOVERY QUEST WHEELER DEALERS 369 0.6
DISCOVERY QUEST SALVAGE HUNTERS 305 0.5
DISCOVERY QUEST WHEELER DEALERS ON THE ROAD 287 0.5
DISC SCIENCE SKY HIGH SCRAPERS (2D) 33 0.1
DISC SCIENCE CHINA’S MAN MADE MARVELS 2 0.0
DISC SHED AUTO TRADER 53 0.1
DISC SHED WHEELER DEALERS REVISITED 53 0.1
DISC SHED IMPROVE YOUR COARSE FISHING 46 0.1
DISC SHED RECORD BREAKING FISH 44 0.1
DISC TURBO OVERHAULIN’ CHRONICLES VOL. 1 63 0.1
DISC TURBO CHASING CLASSIC CARS 59 0.1
DISC TURBO WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CAR 56 0.1
DISC TURBO WRECKS TO RICHES 52 0.1
DISCOVERY FAST N’ LOUD 341 0.6
DISCOVERY WHEELER DEALERS TRADING UP 305 0.5
DISCOVERY TURBO PICKERS 167 0.3
DMAX REALLY RECKLESS DRIVERS 35 0.1
DMAX DRIVING ME CRAZY 32 0.1
DMAX GARAGE TAKEOVER 30 0.1
DMAX HOLMES IN NEW ORLEANS 23 0.0
DRAMA GARDEN RIVALS 12 0.0
DRAMA GARDEN MAKERS 10 0.0
E4 MADE IN CHELSEA 1,472 2.5
E4 TROY 1,049 1.8
E4 COME DINE WITH ME MIC SPECIAL 262 0.4
E4 BODYSHOCKERS: MY BIG BOOB HELL 122 0.2
EDEN ANGRY PLANET 40 0.1
EDEN RAISING BIG BLUE 24 0.0
EXTREME SPORTS BLOOD, SWEAT & GEARS 15 0.0
FOOD BAREFOOT CONTESSA 97 0.2
FOOD BAREFOOT CONTESSA – BACK TO BASICS 94 0.2
FOOD EAT STREET 84 0.1
FOOD NIGELLA EXPRESS 82 0.1
GINX GET FRAGGED: TOP 10 SHOOTERS 16 0.0
GINX GINX LIVE 6 0.0
GOOD FOOD RIVER COTTAGE CHRISTMAS FAYRE 96 0.2
GOOD FOOD THE HAIRY BIKERS: MUMS KNOW BEST 89 0.2
GOOD FOOD RIVER COTTAGE TO THE CORE 79 0.1
GOOD FOOD GOK COOKS CHINESE 76 0.1
HOLIDAY & CRUISE THE TRAVEL BUG (1) 8 0.0
HOLIDAY & CRUISE DESTINATION (1) 7 0.0
HOME NEW: MY DREAM DERELICT HOME 74 0.1
HOME HOME CRAFTS WITH GORDON WHISTANCE 55 0.1
HOME DIY SOS: MILLION POUND BUILD FOR CHILD 54 0.1
HOME THE HOME SHOW -OLD PEOPLE’S HOME 52 0.1
ITV LONG LOST FAMILY 5,690 9.7
ITV PAUL O’GRADY: FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS 5,359 9.2
ITV SECRET LIFE OF BABIES 4,814 8.2
ITV TONIGHT 4,756 8.1
LONDON LIVE PLACE INVADERS 37 0.1
LONDON LIVE TEN YEARS YOUNGER 23 0.0
MORE4 GREAT CANAL JOURNEYS 901 1.5
MORE4 HOMES BY THE SEA 712 1.2
MORE4 PENELOPE KEITH’S HIDDEN VILLAGES 631 1.1
MORE4 CAR S.O.S 567 1.0
MOTORS TV 3D DRIVES 30 0.1
MOTORS TV AUTO MUNDIAL 20 0.0
MY CHANNEL IN GOOD SHAPE 6 0.0
MY CHANNEL TALKING GERMANY 2 0.0
NDTV 24X7 WILL TRAVEL FOR FOOD 57 0.1
NDTV 24X7 THE SUPER FIT SHOW 9 0.0
PBS AMERICA UNBELIEVABLE FLYING OBJECTS 20 0.0
PBS AMERICA AMERICA’S ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 15 0.0
PBS AMERICA AUCTION WARRIORS 7 0.0
PBS AMERICA A FLEA MARKET DOCUMENTARY 5 0.0
PICK 60 MINUTE MAKEOVER 230 0.4
PICK CHILDRENS HOSPITAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 118 0.2
PICK DOWNSIZE ME 77 0.1
REALLY A PLACE IN THE SUN: HOME OR AWAY 174 0.3
REALLY FANTASY HOMES BY THE SEA 164 0.3
REALLY RIVER COTTAGE EVERY DAY 161 0.3
REALLY A PLACE IN THE SUN: HOME OR USA? 160 0.3
S4C CEGIN BRYN 34 0.1
S4C GARDD PONT Y TWR 23 0.0
SKY 1 DAVID ATTENBOROUGHS NATURAL 904 1.5
SKY 1 ROSS KEMP: EXTREME WORLD 848 1.4
SKY 1 50 WAYS TO KILL YOUR MAMMY 578 1.0
SKY ATLANTIC THE PETROL AGE 91 0.2
SKY ATLANTIC ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS 50 0.1
SKY LIVINGIT CHICK FIX 2 0.0
STV GLASGOW HOOKED 8 0.0
STV GLASGOW DESERT ISLAND CHEF 4 0.0
TLC SAY YES TO THE DRESS 108 0.2
TLC KITCHEN BOSS 66 0.1
TLC MIAMI INK 60 0.1
TLC BEST OF BUDDY’S 53 0.1
TRAVEL BAGGAGE BATTLES 123 0.2
TRAVEL AIRPORT 24/7 : MIAMI 98 0.2
TRAVEL MICHAEL PALIN AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 84 0.1
TRAVEL AMERICA’S DARK SECRETS DECLASSIFIED 72 0.1
WATCH MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA 338 0.6
WATCH MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA: THE PROFS 272 0.5
WATCH CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH: STARSTRUCK 264 0.5
WATCH JAMIE’S BEST EVER CHRISTMAS 175 0.3
YESTERDAY OZ AND JAMES DRINK TO BRITAIN 53 0.1
YESTERDAY THE BOAT THAT GUY BUILT 46 0.1
4SEVEN COME DINE WITH ME RECUTS 99 0.2
4SEVEN DOUBLE YOUR HOUSE 54 0.1

Source: BARB: Top Factual, Docs, Current Affairs, Hobbies &  Leisure, 2014. Individuals 4+. Highest single episode in series. Includes catch-up.

Featured image: Paul O’Grady + dog (ITV Studios)