UK Viewing Snapshot: The Highest-rated Program for 40+ Networks

Continuing our snapshot of UK unscripted viewing, following is a list that captures the highest-rated program for each of the major terrestrial broadcasters and their digital brands.

The data conveys the scale of viewing for the genre and highlights the major players.

And in the next table, the spotlight falls on the vast gulf between UK broadcasters and the multichannels.

Note:

  • The two legacy BARB categories for unscripted are “Documentary” and “Hobbies & Lifestyle.”
  • Viewers are in thousands.
  • I selected a broad sample of channels.

Takeaways?

  • The data is fascinating.
  • But there’s a limit to the lessons that can be drawn from it, particularly on a hot summer day in New York
  • The broadcasters and multichannels are subject to different business models, cost structures, regulatory remits that govern repeat rates, and much more.

“Documentary” Category

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Viewers Rating
BBC 1 Countryfile 7,714 13.2
C4 Gogglebox 5,266 9.0
ITV The Mafia 4,722 8.1
C5 Celebrity Big Brother 3,709 6.4
BBC 2 Billionaire’s Paradise 3,266 5.6
E4 Made In Chelsea 1,209 2.1
BBC 4 Life of a Mountain 951 1.6
BBC 3 Bangkok Airport 906 1.6
ITV2 Hell’s Kitchen 711 1.2
SKY1 Ross Kemp: Extreme World 684 1.2
ITV3 P. O’grady: Love Dogs 653 1.1
More4 Building The Dream 503 0.9

Dogs

Paul O’grady + dog

Hobbies & Lifestyle Category

Viewers Rating
BBC 1 Masterchef 6,952 11.9
BBC 2 Top Gear 6,921 11.9
C4 Married At First Sight 2,743 4.7
ITV Love Your Garden 2,734 4.7
C5 The Classic Car Show 758 1.3
BBC 4 Great Irish Journeys 588 1.0
MORE4 Selling Houses 564 1.0
DAVE Storage Hunters 509 0.9
QUEST Salvage Hunters 502 0.9
ITV4 Shed & Buried 353 0.6
YESTERDAY The Joy of Train Sets 337 0.6
DISCOVERY Fast N’ Loud 333 0.6
REALLY A Place In The Sun 264 0.5
PICK 60 Minute Makeover 179 0.3
BBC 3 Snog Marry Avoid? 164 0.3
TLC Say Yes To The Dress 139 0.2
WATCH Heston’s Fantastical Food 129 0.2
GOOD FOOD Masterchef: Final 3 98 0.2
FOOD Man v Food Nation 97 0.2
SKY LIVING Motorway Patrol 95 0.2
HOME Make My Home Bigger 88 0.2
TRAVEL Palin’s Pole to Pole 85 0.1
DMAX Treehouse Masters 76 0.1
4SEVEN Mini Cooper: Love Cars 73 0.1
ITVBE 60 Min Makeover 70 0.1
DISC TURBO Car Fix 3 61 0.1
EDEN Angry Planet 58 0.1
DISC  HOME Homes Under Hammer 52 0.1
DRAMA Just Friends 52 0.1
SKY ATLANTIC The Petrol Age 50 0.1
DISC. SHED Record Breaking Fish 43 0.1
ITV3 World Kitchen 43 0.1
PBS AMERICA Unbelievable Flying Objects 35 0.1
NDTV 24X7 Will Travel For Food 34 0.1
LIFETIME My Dream Home 33 0.1
REAL LIVES Downsize Me 33 0.1
ANML PLANET My Tiny Terror 32 0.1
LONDON LIVE Ten Years Younger 30 0.1
NAT GEO Born To Ride 30 0.1
DISC HISTORY Auction Kings 28 0.0
AFRICA Cooking With Siba 27 0.0
S4C Straeon Tafarn 26 0.0
ABN TV Motorweek 25 0.0

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