ITV’s Chasing Shadows is far behind in the viewer ratings game compared with Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One. WDYTYA? captured 4.6 million viewers and a 23% share while Chasing Shadows only attracted 1.4 million viewers and a 7% share. The third ever episode saw Reece Shearsmith’s clichéd DS Stone – misunderstood and a renegade, obviously – come face to face with a psychotic serial killer.
After reducing Mary Berry to a crumbling mess and forcing Brian Blessed to pull anguished expressions that even he struggled with, last night saw Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One, 9pm) approach Inspector George Gently with a typically tragic dossier of genealogical sob stories.
Scenes of actor Martin Shaw tracking down the fate of his mysteriously Royal Marine grandfather who disappeared from his family at a young age helped BBC One easily secure the prime time slot.
The 11th series of the BBC show has proved another great success for the channel, with Brendan O’Carroll’s walk through Dublin’s troubled past netting a series high of 5.3 million viewers three weeks ago.
Last night’s rummage through historical family trauma didn’t do quite as well, but still managed an average audience of 4.6 million viewers and a 23% share.
At the same time on ITV, the latest programme to jump into the overcrowded market of home-grown procedural police dramas continued with Chasing Shadows (9pm) still attempting to discover its own unique selling point.
The third ever episode saw Reece Shearsmith’s clichéd DS Stone – misunderstood and a renegade, obviously – come face to face with a psychotic serial killer. Last night’s first of a two-part story brought in the exact same audience as the series début three weeks ago, with 2.7 million viewers tuning in, resulting in a 13% share.
9pm also saw Educating the East End endure over on Channel 4, with executives no doubt praying for one of those buzzworthy moments that helped Educating Yorkshirestep above the crowd of opportunistic observational documentaries.
Last night’s latest sixty minute slice of gobby children with added confidence took in 1.4 million viewers and a 7% share.
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