John Hartson Documentary a Ratings Hit

A TV documentary about a former Celtic player battling against cancer secured almost 20 per cent of its available audience.

STV's 'John Hartson: Fighting For My Life', broadcast on Monday evening (watch it here), pulled in a 19.5 per cent share, outperforming the ITV Network by 5.6 points. The documentary was the latest in a number of opt-outs from the ITV network, as STV seeks to screen more locally-made programmes. A programme on Sunday afternoon, devoted to covering rugby's Magners League – currently topped by Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors – meanwhile captured five per cent of its available audience. Watch it here

Later on Sunday, at 8pm, STV chose to screen a film, ‘The Break-up’, which achieved a 12 per cent share; while Agatha Christie's Marple, shown on the rest of the network, secured a 19 per cent share.

Among the networked shows recently shown on STV, X Factor attracted a 50 per cent share in Scotland (two points ahead of the network), while Rebus achieved a 27 per cent share (eight points ahead of the network).

Meanwhile, STV's mid-evening schedule this evening comprises a Champions League football match featuring Liverpool, not Rangers – who are playing German club, Stuttgart. According to reports – (eg in the Daily Record, here) – ITV have only negotiated to broadcast one match per week from the competition, with no opt-out faciility made available to STV.

Another sign of alleged strained relations between the two organisations?

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