The big storyThe ratings battle hotted up over the weekend, with Sunday night TV clashes a plenty. The second episode of ITV’s The X Factor managed to beat Antiques Roadshow to first place in the battle for the 8pm slot, while the debut of ITV’s Victoria beat the BBC’s revival of Are You Being Served? at 9pm.
That battle is only going to get hotter next weekend with the eagerly anticipated return of Poldark for a second series, going up against Victoria. And let’s not forget the launch of The Collection, Amazon’s first UK originated series, next Friday, and the return of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1 just a day later.
Some US executives have expressed concern about the amount of high quality drama, while those in the UK have questioned whether the BBC should be putting its top rated drama or entertainment up against the shows of rivals. But whatever the industry’s concerns, viewers are being offered more impressive TV than ever before. The only problem is finding time to watch it all.
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