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Ratings Roundup: BBC takes Saturday win

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Ratings Roundup: BBC takes Saturday win
BBC One managed a surprise ratings victory over ITV1 last night (Saturday), according to early figures.

ITV started off strongly at 6pm, with Simon Cowell's The X Factor pulling in 6.98 million viewers and a 36.6% audience share. Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway followed at 7.05pm, averaging a stealthy 7.82 million (26.1%) over an hour. The following hour saw the ratings start to drop off, with 5.92 million (26.1%) for Millionaire and just 3.47 million (15.9%) for An Audience With Harry Hill. Finishing up at 10.10pm was Parkison, watched by 4.33 million (24.9%).

Over on BBC One, an Only Fools and Horses repeat managed to hold down 4.75 million (23.9%) across 90 minutes, leading into National Lottery Winning Lines with 5.37 million (24.7%). Casualty was the night's overall top scorer on any of the networks with an average of 8.13 million viewers and a 35.7% share, providing a strong inheritance for documentary a Most Mysterious Murder: The Case Of Charles Bravo, which had 5.02 million (23.1%).

Channel 4's Robbie Williams profile The Show Off Must Go On put in a respectable 2.49 million (11.6%) at 9.10pm, but failed to topple a CSI repeat on Five, seen by 2.69 million (12.3%). In the following hour, the penultimate edition of The Farm averaged 1.10 million (6.1%).

ITV2 enjoyed another strong night thanks to a double bill of The Xtra Factor. The spinoff show kept 458,000 viewers between 8.10pm and 10.10pm, a 3.3% share of the multichannel audience. Less impressive was the debut of E4's latest reality import Joe Schmo, which averaged just 7,000 viewers (0.6%) at 10pm.

Overall during primetime, BBC One was victor with an average share of 27.1% (last week: 23.1%), knocking ITV1 down to second with 26.4% (31.8%). BBC Two managed an average 9.6% (12.5%), followed by C4 with 7.9% (8.8%) and Five with 6.4% (5.3%).

Ratings data supplied by ViewingFigures.com

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