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Ratings Roundup: 'Fame Academy' tops Saturday

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Comic Relief Does Fame Academy is continuing to build its audience with every night that passes.

The show hit a new high last night (Saturday), with an average of 8.06 million (35.6%) tuning in to see Chris Colquhoun receive his marching orders at 8.45pm.

The earlier performance show went head-to-head with Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway at 6.45pm, but ultimately it was the latter who came out on top with an average of 7.14 million (34%) over 5.72 million (27.4%).

Hospital drama Casualty was the night's number two show with an average of 7.6 million (33.9%) in a later 9.15pm slot.

Also faring well was Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up, which had audiences of 4.93 million (27.7%) and 7.07 million (31.4%) for its 5.45pm and 8.20pm episodes respectively.

The only other ITV1 show to get a look in was Chris Tarrant's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? with an average of 6.3 million (28.2%).

Five's new episode of CSI: New York pulled in 2.61 million (11.7%) at 9.15pm, marginally ahead of C4 movie Conspiracy Theory, which had 2.36 million (13%).

Multichannel had a lacklustre day overall, with the top four spots going to Simpsons repeats on Sky One. ITV3's Midsomer Murders encore had 377,000 (2.7%) gripped between 9pm and 11pm.

The Sky Movies 2 premiere of The Italian Job entertained 375,000 (2.5%) from 8pm, with an extra 261,000 (1.9%) tuning in for the 9pm showing on Sky Movies 4.

Live coverage of Norwich City vs Chelsea was seen by 245,000 (2.1%) on the pay-per-view channel Premiership Plus while on Sky Sports 1, Soccer Saturday maintained an impressive 326,000 (4.6%) between 12pm and 6pm.

Elsewhere, BBC Three's continued coverage of Celebrity Fame Academy took a dip with 239,000 (1.6%) at 9.15pm.

Ratings data supplied by ViewingFigures.com

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