RATINGS! News dominates viewing figures following Manchester terror attack

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The news dominated yesterday's TV ratings following the tragic terror attack in Manchester.

At least 22 people were killed and many more injured in an apparent suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena following a concert on Monday night.


Yesterday, much of the schedules were changed in favour of rolling news coverage of the incident, resulting in a number of programmes being cancelled.

BBC One stuck with the news between 6AM and 2PM, with a peak audience of 3 million watching the lunchtime bulletin. Over on ITV the news averaged 900,000 viewers between 9:25AM and 2PM while Good Morning Britain had a million viewers from 6AM.

In the evening on BBC One, an extended News at Six was seen by 5.6 million viewers with 4.6 million watching the delayed Regional News afterwards.

ITV meanwhile averaged 2.4 and 2.9 million viewers for their two evening news bulletins while at 10PM, the BBC had 4.5 million and ITV had 2.5 million viewers.

Away from the news, EastEnders was the night's most watched programme with 5.7 million viewers while Emmerdale - which clashed with the BBC's extended evening news - had 5.1 million.

At 8PM, Don't Ask Me Ask Britain had just 1.4 million viewers for its final episode on ITV whereas 4.2 million watched Holby City on the other side.

Long Lost Family: What happened next? was top in the 9PM slot with 3 million viewers, up 300,000 on last week's episode.

The BBC dropped new drama Broken following the events in Manchester, replacing it instead with a repeat of Planet Earth which averaged 2.7 million.

Earlier in the day, Rylan's new game show Babushka continued in its fourth week with 1.1 million viewers, one of its lowest ratings so far. 1.9 million had watched Tipping Point just beforehand while 2.8 million had Pointless on over on BBC One.


Elsewhere last night, on Channel 4, First Dates continued with over 1 million viewers while The Trial: A Murder In the Family interested 1.1 million at 9PM.

Channel 5's most watched programme of the night was The Yorkshire Vet which continued with 1.6 million viewers.

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