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RATINGS! X Factor, Vanity Fair, Bodyguard, Big Brother viewing figures

Latest UK TV viewing figures and ratings

BBC One’s Bodyguard was the most watched show on TV on Sunday night, again upping its numbers week-on-week.


Set in and around the corridors of power, Bodyguard tells the fictional story of David Budd (Richard Madden), a heroic but volatile war veteran now working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP), assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes).

The new series launched last month to 6.7 million viewers – a number which rose to 7 million viewers.

Sunday’s penultimate instalment climbed to a series high of 8 million viewers between 9PM and 10PM.

It was revealed by the BBC that over 10 million have now caught up with the opener, making it the biggest watched new drama in the UK in more than a decade.

The dramatic final episode next Sunday night will take the form of an extended episode between 9PM and 10:15PM, where it’s expected over 10 million viewers could join in to avoid spoilers.

Over on ITV in the 9PM slot, Vanity Fair slid slightly from last weekend against the competition.


ITV’s adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel began with 3 million viewers but was down to 2.6 million yesterday.

Earlier, episode two of The X Factor achieved just under 5 million viewers, a slight decline on last Sunday and down 500,000 on Saturday’s showing.

On Sunday’s show, impressing the judges were Bella Penfold, a 19 year old hotel singer from Essex and Lanya Matthews, a 17 year old student from Tottenham.

Dalton Andre Harris, a 24 year old performer from Jamaica gave a touching rendition of Elton John’s Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, while 25 year old session singer from Croydon, Shan sang Loren Allred’s Never Enough to make the cut with four yeses each.

Meanwhile, the previous weekend’s two episodes of the series rose to 6.2 million viewers in consolidated figures out today, a rise of around a million on the overnight figure.


Auditions – being held at the arenas once again – conclude both next Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

Finally, on Channel 5, Big Brother’s extended 90 minute first highlights episode averaged just under 800,000 viewers.