7-DAY RATINGS OVERVIEW | 30 August - 05 September 2021

Here’s a round-up of the latest seven-day consolidated ratings for week 30th August–05 September. Figures are courtesy of BARB, and include those who watched live and those who watched within a seven-day period on catch-up.




Unsurprisingly, BBC One drama Vigil occupied the top two spots of the week. The second episode – which aired on Monday 30th August – had a total audience of 9,330,563. The third episode which followed on Sunday was watched by 8,794,904. It was followed by the latest instalment of Vera on ITV, which was watched by 6,229,253.


Once again, the week’s ratings were dominated by ITV soap Coronation Street, which occupied six of the week’s top-ten programmes. The most watched episode was Monday’s 8:30pm episode which had a consolidated audience of 5,491,825. It was followed by Friday’s later showing with 5,490,609 and its earlier showing with 5,490,728.



On Thursday night, England returned to the pitch with their World Cup qualifier against Hungry, which was watched by 5,085,874 viewers from 7:15pm on ITV. Emmerdale continues across the week on ITV, with an average 4.6m viewers.


BBC comedy Ghosts continued strong with a consolidated audience of 4,588,257 viewers – this includes those who watched the episode on BBC iPlayer before transmission on BBC One. The new-look Question Of Sport entertained a respectable 2.9 million on Friday night. Also on BBC One, 9/11 documentary Inside The President’s War Room did very well with 4.2 million viewers.



Elsewhere, ITV drama Grantchester returned with a respectable 4.3 million viewers, Long Lost Family continued with 3.3 million, Soccer Aid was watched by 3.3 million and Casualty continued with just over 3.2m viewers.


On Channel 4, Grand Designs returned with a huge 2,545,196 viewers, with Celebrity SAS continuing with 2,172,494. Channel 4’s reboot of Changing Rooms remained steady with 1.5 million.



The stand out show of the week though was a revamped Married At First Sight on E4. The opening episode on Monday 30th August has consolidated to a 1,977,097 – a huge number for E4. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s episodes consolidated to 1,782,939, 1,971,530 and 1,905,650 respectively. Alongside the main series, new spin-off Afters entertained 400,000 viewers from 10pm.


Figures are courtesy of BARB.