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ITV1 tops Saturday ratings

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ITV1 enjoyed a strong Saturday night lineup yesterday, according to early figures.

Top programme was Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway with an average of 8.43 million viewers - a 39.1% share of the available audience - up from last week's 7.14 million (34%).

Chris Tarrant's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? took a rare second place with 6.13 million (27.2%) at 8.15pm, but figures dropped off in the following hour with 4.55 million (21.5%) for West End documentary Acorn Antiques: The Musical.

ITV1's success was largely relative against a weakened BBC One schedule. The broadcaster opted for Test The Nation: The Big Entertainment Test for most of the evening, with an average of 5.15 million (23.1%) for its first instalment at 8.15pm. The later results show, screened from 10.05pm, drew 4.29 million (20%).

Over on Five, a new episode of CSI: New York interested 2.58 million (11.8%) at 9pm, with 2.08 million (10.6%) sticking around for a new Law and Order: Criminal Intent an hour later. C4's competing movie Proof of Life averaged 1.74 million (9.7%) between 9.15pm and 11.50pm.

Movies were order of the day on multichannel, meanwhile, with the Sky Movies 1 premiere of Bad Boys 2 ranking highest at 543,000 viewers (3.7%) from 8pm. An extra 189,000 (1.4%) opted for the timeshifted repeat on Sky Movies 3.

ITV2's Schwarzenegger-led film Predator kept 425,000 (3.2%) between 9.15pm and 11.20pm, while on BBC Three, Steven Seagal's Under Siege managed 407,000 (2.9%) from 9pm.

ITV3 had a particularly strong night, beginning at 7.15pm with 383,000 (2.6%) for Hornblower, then rising to 429,000 (3.2%) at 9.15pm for Midsomer Murders.

Ratings data supplied by ViewingFigures.com

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