The impression may have been gathered that Celebrity Big Brother was watched by vast audiences, after Jade Goody started kicking off (photo -left - is of Shilpa Shetty because I don't want to show Jade's photo). You know, the entire nation, as one, huddled round their flickering cathode tubes (old technology - Ed) to humbly imbibe this seminal, epoch-making "Britain-in-a-mirror" cultural commentary.
It is probably daft to mention that the 1966 World Cup was seen by 32.3million but I'll mention it anyway.
In contrast, Wednesday night's Celebrity Big Brother was seen by an estimated 5.2 million
More people watched Taggart that night (5.3 million).
Indeed, more people watched Ann Widdecombe hugging hoodies on "Tonight" (5.5 million). Earlier in the week, Judge John Deed was seen by 6.2 million and Holby was seen by 7 million.
Corrie on Monday was seen by 12.3 million.
One EastEnders' episode this week was seen by 9.4 million.
That said, Celebrity Big Brother peaked at 8.8 million for the Goody eviction interview.
I am indebted to Media Guardian who publish these estimates in their "TV Overnights" each day. It is well worth the small effort to register with them.