Saturday night TV has become live TV night with ITV – and Simon Cowell’s shows in particular – dominating a Top 30 list of the last five years top programmes produced by trade magazine Broadcast.
ITV claim the top two spots with Britain’s Got Talent (whose best ranked show was the 2009 with 18.3 million visitors). And the X-Factor final, December 2010 – in which Matt Cardle triumphed over Rebecca Ferguson, One Direction and Cher Lloyd with 15.1 million viewers – in second spot.
In third place was BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which brought in its highest ever viewing figure of 14.3million last December while in the fourth slot was ITV’s Dancing On Ice from 2006 which attracted 11.7 million for its live final.
A Broadcast spokesman said: “The days of Morecambe and Wise, Two Ronnies, Blind Date, Noel’s House Party and The Generation Game are long gone.”
“But Britain’s Got Talent, Ant and Dec, The X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing remind us that Saturday nights remain big nights in.”
With knowledge that they are dominating British TV viewing in this way, it is no surprise that ITV now want to cash in and run new longer three hour X-Factor , with much more lucrative advertising breaks included.
The X-Factor will return to our TV screens on the 20th of August, so ITV can expect to rule the airwaves all autumn once more.
Top 10 shows on Saturday night since 2006:
1. Britain’s Got Talent Final Results 18.3 million
2. The X Factor 15.1 million
3. Strictly Come Dancing 14.28 million
4. Dancing On Ice – The Skate Off 11.68 million
5. The Eurovision Song Contest 9.69 million
6. The One Ronnie 8.79 million
7. The Girls Aloud Party 8.65 million
8. Soapstar Superstar 8.61 million
9. Let’s Dance For Comic Relief 8.44 million
10. Harry Hill’s TV Burp 8.28 million