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post Mar 7 2015, 06:30 PM
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We may have said goodbye to 2014 64 days ago but, over the next few days, I will reveal the Top 40 highest rating TV shows of 2014 (in the UK)! In 2014, we saw Lucy Beale killed (by whom I wonder thinking.gif), Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, the return of Birds of a Feather, The Great British Bake Off moving to BBC One, Simon and Cheryl returning to the X Factor, Brucie leaving Strictly Come Dancing, many a strong-performing drama and, of course, the answer to how Sherlock survived that fall. Actually, we never did discover that last one...

What shows made the cut then and which were the most popular? ohmy.gif

Speculate now!

(figures from Barb and pinched from Doctor Who Magazine (kink.gif). The TV series must have shown a minimum of three editions in 2014 and it excludes repeats.)
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Really looking forward to this and sounds like a great idea heart.gif
Happy valley to do well hopefully, such an amazing drama wub.gif
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post Mar 7 2015, 06:45 PM
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'Cilla' to slay all competition, definitely the best new 'popular' show (even if only a three-parter) I decided to give a go last year. I look forward to this!
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post Mar 7 2015, 08:56 PM
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There was so many great dramas last year, definetely need to see Happy Valley and Cilla here but I also rather enjoyed Grantchester too!

Can't remember much else, though I loved last years Strictly mostly due to Claudia and Zoe!

Looking forward to seeing what makes the list
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36 | 34 | Countryfile - 6.04m | Highest = 8.66m (22nd Nov), Lowest = 3.79m (25th Aug)
37 | NE | Jamaica Inn - 5.95m | Highest = 7.25m (Ep. 1/3), Lowest = 5.17m (Ep. 3/3)
38 | 22 | Mr Selfridge - 5.88m | Highest = 6.21m (Ep. 1/10), Lowest = 5.69m (Ep. 9/10)
39 | 19 | Lewis - 5.87m | Highest = 6.92m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 5.16m (Ep. 6/6)
40 | 12 | New Tricks - 5.76m | Highest = 7.23m (Ep. 1/10), Lowest = 5.13m (Ep. 7/10)

'New Tricks' has taken a big fall after the original cast members left one-by-one. Dennis Waterman is the last remaining original but he is also leaving in this years series which will also be the show's last. 'Lewis' was perhaps hurt by an 18 month wait which resulted in drop of viewers but the detective series will also be returning later this year. 'Mr Selfridge' aired it's second series last year but the show also saw a significant drop in viewers, falling by around 1.5 million. In 2015, the show has dropped by a further 1 million so it remains to be seen whether a fourth series will be commissioned. 'Jamaica Inn' hit the headlines in 2014 after a number of mumbling complaints. It resulted in a drop of 2 million viewers within 2 days but the three part series still manages to appear in the Top 40. 'Countryfile' is now a Sunday night regular after previously showing in the daytime and it has seen it's ratings improve dramatically, reaching the Top 40 again.
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Massive drop for New Tricks. It's rightfully ending after the next series - it's no longer the powerhouse it once was!
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Awful section sad.gif

Mr selfridge has always been awful so glad to see a big fall for that, Lewis used to be good but is boring now, new tricks is ok but not what I would watch out of choice and countrylife is so so boring.
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31 | NE | The Musketeers - 6.30m | Highest = 9.28m (Ep. 1/10), Lowest = 5.25m (Ep. 9/10)
32 | 29 | Endeavour - 6.24m | Highest = 6.46m (Ep. 2/4), Lowest = 6.08m (Ep. 4/4)
33 | RE | Benidorm - 6.14m | Highest = 7.17m (Ep. 1/7, Lowest = 5.16m (Ep. 5/7)
34 | RE | Outnumbered - 6.08m | Highest = 6.80m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 5.46m (Ep. 4/6)
35 | NE | Grantchester - 6.05m | Highest = 6.95m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 5.64m (Ep. 3/6)

Grantchester stars James Norton, someone who played a large role in another hit drama of last year, as a Reverend who teams up with a detective to solve a number of murders and it's success has led to a second series being commissioned. Outnumbered returned for it's final series last year which was needed as the show had lost it's charm now that the children had grown up and were more aware. It still remained a ratings hit though. The love/hate Benidorm is still going strong even as it entered its sixth series in 2014, solidifying itself as one of ITV's strongest performing comedies. Endeavour is a prequel to 'Inspector Morse' and aired it's second series in 2014 with only a slight drop in audience. A third series has been commissioned. BBC One started 2014 with a big new drama The Musketeers with great success to start with. However, it would go on to loose 4 million viewers by the end of the series and the move to Fridays, gaps in it's airing and the loss of Peter Capaldi (I wonder what he's doing now) suggests it will not be appearing in next year's countdown. It has been renewed for a third series though!

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Outnumbered wasn't any where near as good as its previous series, but I'm glad it didn't go out on a whimper like most comedies these days!
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I just really hope BBC One don't try and f*** The Musketeers over again - it needs to go back to Sundays and I'm sure it would pick its audience back up!
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26 | NE | The Crimson Field - 6.60m | Highest = 7.38m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 6.01m (Ep. 5/6)
27 | NE | DCI Banks - 6.53m | Highest = 7.12m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 5.88m (Ep. 6/6)
28 | 24 | Emmerdale - 6.50m | Highest = 7.98m (27th Jan), Lowest = 4.42m (7th Aug)
29 | RE | Inspector George Gently - 6.49m | Highest = 6.63m (Ep. 2/4), Lowest = 6.26m (Ep. 4/4)
30 | 36 | Midsomer Murders - 6.44m | Highest = 6.84m (Ep. 5/5), Lowest = 6.23m (Ep. 2/5)

Midsomer Murders is a long running ITV detective series that aired it's 100th episode last year. It celebrated the occasion by having Copenhagen as the setting and teaming up with stars of Danish TV hits Borgen and The Killing. Returning after an 18 month break, Inspector George Gently aired it's sixth series in 2014 with some fairly consistent ratings compared to previous years. The show will return later this year. Emmerdale will always live in the shadow of the two other soap juggernauts but it's still able to pull in a decent showing here albeit slightly down on last year. DCI Banks also returned after 18 months with it's third series that experienced higher ratings than it had previously seen. It's yet another ITV crime drama. The Crimson Field is a BBC One drama that showed the lives of medics at patients in a French hospital during WW1 but despite a strong performance in the ratings, the show will not be returning for a second series.

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21 | 16 | Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - 7.18m | Highest = 7.59m (Ep. 3/7), Lowest = 6.75m (Ep. 7/7)
22 | NE | The Widower - 6.89m | Highest = 7.25m (Ep. 3/3), Lowest = 6.55m (Ep. 1/3)
23 | NE | Prey - 6.77m | Highest = 7.14m (Ep. 1/3), Lowest = 6.35m (Ep. 2/3)
24 | 35 | Vera - 6.77m | Highest = 7.04m (Ep. 1/4), Lowest = 6.52m (Ep. 4/4)
25 | 37 | Top Gear - 6.67m | Highest = 7.38m (28th Dec), Lowest = 5.64m (Ep. 5/7)

The ever popular Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned for an eleventh series last year featuring a wide range of ITV faces including Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, Christine Bleakley, Holly Willoughby and Michael Buble. The Widower is a three-part series portraying the crimes of Malcolm Webster, a real life murderer and it starred Reece Shearsmith and Sheridan Smith. Prey was another three-part series starring John Simm as a constable whose life falls apart following the murder of his wife and one of his children with him becoming the prime suspect. Vera entered it's fourth series in 2014 with a significant increase in viewers. The series is based on novels by Ann Cleeves and stars a northern Detective Chief Inspector who is obsessed with her work. Top Gear is now a show with it's future now up in the air following a 'fracas' from Jeremy Clarkson. It's the BBC's most successful show in terms of revenue, despite numerous controversies that arise from it and it is the only non BBC One/ITV series in the Top 40. Last year's ratings were boosted after a two part Christmas special that was greatly publicised after allegations of provoking the Argentinian community.
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RECAP

21 | 16 | Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - 7.18m | Highest = 7.59m (Ep. 3/7), Lowest = 6.75m (Ep. 7/7)
22 | NE | The Widower - 6.89m | Highest = 7.25m (Ep. 3/3), Lowest = 6.55m (Ep. 1/3)
23 | NE | Prey - 6.77m | Highest = 7.14m (Ep. 1/3), Lowest = 6.35m (Ep. 2/3)
24 | 35 | Vera - 6.77m | Highest = 7.04m (Ep. 1/4), Lowest = 6.52m (Ep. 4/4)
25 | 37 | Top Gear - 6.67m | Highest = 7.38m (28th Dec), Lowest = 5.64m (Ep. 5/7)
26 | NE | The Crimson Field - 6.60m | Highest = 7.38m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 6.01m (Ep. 5/6)
27 | NE | DCI Banks - 6.53m | Highest = 7.12m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 5.88m (Ep. 6/6)
28 | 24 | Emmerdale - 6.50m | Highest = 7.98m (27th Jan), Lowest = 4.42m (7th Aug)
29 | RE | Inspector George Gently - 6.49m | Highest = 6.63m (Ep. 2/4), Lowest = 6.26m (Ep. 4/4)
30 | 36 | Midsomer Murders - 6.44m | Highest = 6.84m (Ep. 5/5), Lowest = 6.23m (Ep. 2/5)
31 | NE | The Musketeers - 6.30m | Highest = 9.28m (Ep. 1/10), Lowest = 5.25m (Ep. 9/10)
32 | 29 | Endeavour - 6.24m | Highest = 6.46m (Ep. 2/4), Lowest = 6.08m (Ep. 4/4)
33 | RE | Benidorm - 6.14m | Highest = 7.17m (Ep. 1/7, Lowest = 5.16m (Ep. 5/7)
34 | RE | Outnumbered - 6.08m | Highest = 6.80m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 5.46m (Ep. 4/6)
35 | NE | Grantchester - 6.05m | Highest = 6.95m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 5.64m (Ep. 3/6)
36 | 34 | Countryfile - 6.04m | Highest = 8.66m (22nd Nov), Lowest = 3.79m (25th Aug)
37 | NE | Jamaica Inn - 5.95m | Highest = 7.25m (Ep. 1/3), Lowest = 5.17m (Ep. 3/3)
38 | 22 | Mr Selfridge - 5.88m | Highest = 6.21m (Ep. 1/10), Lowest = 5.69m (Ep. 9/10)
39 | 19 | Lewis - 5.87m | Highest = 6.92m (Ep. 1/6), Lowest = 5.16m (Ep. 6/6)
40 | 12 | New Tricks - 5.76m | Highest = 7.23m (Ep. 1/10), Lowest = 5.13m (Ep. 7/10)

So, there's still 20 popular TV series left including the old reality TV giants (including The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent), the soaps (Eastenders and Coronation Street), past drama favourites (including Silent Witness and Call the Midwife) along with last year's new series (including Cilla and Happy Valley) and one comedy favourite left. Oh, and The Great British Bake Off too!
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Top Gear does very well for BBC Two - puts it right up there with the big shows from BBC One / ITV.
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Come on GBBO! Thrashing all those non pastry related shows. *.*
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Wasn't expecting to see Midsomer Murders in here but top 30 is great! Though I wish they'd put it back on Sunday nights as its ratings seemed to be higher in that slot than its current Wednesday slot.

Forgot about Prey as well, thought this was a great show certainly kept me guessing!

If only ITV's output was as consistently strong as its dramatic offerings......
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16 | 13 | Doctor Who - 7.34m | Highest = 9.17m (Ep. 1/12: 'Deep Breath'), Lowest = 6.71m (Ep. 9/12: 'Flatline')
17 | NE | The Missing - 7.33m | Highest = 8.36m (Ep. 8/8, Lowest = 6.28m (Ep. 1/8)
18 | NE | Happy Valley - 7.21m | Highest = 7.68m (Ep. 6/6), Lowest = 6.62m (Ep. 3/6)
19 | 14 | Eastenders - 7.20m | Highest = 9.09m (21st Apr), Lowest = 4.58m (25th Jul)
20 | RE | Birds of a Feather - 7.18m | Highest = 9.20m (Series 10: Ep. 1/8), Lowest = 5.32m (Series 11: Ep. 1/8)

It's the group of Buzzjack favourites here then! Firstly, Birds of a Feather returned for to our TV screens after 16 years. It proved to be a big hit on it's new home of ITV although ratings are continuing to drop. Next, is Eastenders which has been going through a tough period in recent years in terms of a lack of strong storylines which has resulted in a drop in the ratings. A new showrunner has helped put things back on track with the introduction of a new family, the Carters, who dominated 2014 along with the 'Who Killed Lucy' storyline that was to lead up to the 30th anniversary this year. A few schedule changes and clashes with the World Cup however damaged ratings. One of the biggest new drama hits of last year was the powerful Happy Valley which came from the writer of 'Last Tango in Halifax as well as starring 'Sarah Lancashire' in one of her best ever roles. She starred as a police sergeant following a man she believes was involved in the rape of her daughter that drove her to suicide. It made for gripping, edge of the seat drama and I can't recommend it enough. The show returns for a second series later this year. Another gripping BBC One drama hit was The Missing which has a remarkable achievement of having it's lowest rating be it's first episode and the highest rating being the finale. The series was set around the mystery of a disappearance of a young boy whilst on holiday and was set in both 2006 and 2014. The cliffhangers for each episode were haunting and brilliant however, the ending was slightly lacklustre. It returns for a second series later this year, focussing on a separate case. Following the 50th anniversary celebrations was a tough act to follow but the eighth series of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor, was vastly superior to the hit and miss seventh series. The Doctor was taken in a new direction to the previous young, friendly and bubbly Doctors we had seen in David Tennant and Matt Smith and it allowed Clara to develop a part in the show. Jenna Colman had previously been wasted in a generic companion role in 2013, but 2014 saw the character take centre stage, with some even calling it 'The Clara Show'. Ratings from 2013 were boosted by the anniversary celebrations so it's a strong performance for the show in 2014.
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Four amazing british dramas there! I'm glad Happy Valley finished so high!
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I'm really surprised that Eastenders is that far from the top ten! ohmy.gif I barely saw any of it last year and this year ph34r.gif though. Happy Valley was fantastic and should hopefully see its ratings rise with the second series.
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Great to see Happy Valley finish so high! Hopefully the second series can match or better those ratings!

I really do think Doctor Who should have done better than it did though. For a new Doctor arriving among many other things you'd think would attract the casual viewer (certainly more-so than series 6 or 7), 7 million seems rather low. I'll put it down to the departure of all hormonal 13 year old girls heading for the door at the same time Matt Smith did. teresa.gif
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