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'New Tricks' rerun overpowers 'The Children'

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'New Tricks' rerun overpowers 'The Children'
A repeat of New Tricks won the 9pm hour for BBC One on Monday, outdoing ITV1's new drama The Children.

The BBC series, which concluded its latest run last week with 7.81m (31.3%), kept hold of a decent 6m (24.9%) for this week's episode, a repeat of the first episode of series three. The Children, a three-part drama about a group of families torn apart by the murder of one of their daughters, had 4.93m (20.4%) over the same period. The figures are up significantly on the one-off piece Pierrepoint, which managed 3.63m (15.7%) last week.

Dragons' Den was third place at 9pm, adding 350,000 week-on-week to average an impressive 3.71m (15.4%). Five's new series Extreme Fishing with Robson Green made a decent start with 1.18m (4.9%) while on Channel 4, the final episode of Kevin McCloud and The Big Town Plan had a disappointing 1m (4%).

Coronation Street brought in solid audiences of 8.73m (41.9%) and 8.53m (36%) for its 7.30pm and 8.30pm episodes. EastEnders had 8.61m (38%) for BBC One at 8pm, with a further 447,000 (2.5%) watching BBC Three's 10pm repeat. Emmerdale took 6.36m (32.9%) at 7pm, while on BBC One, The One Show improved 900,000 to 3.9m (20.2%).

A Cambridge-Oxford showdown on University Challenge pulled in 2.8m (12.4%) to BBC Two at 8pm, then half an hour later, a pie-themed episode of The Hairy Bakers appealed to 3.2m (13.5%). A Panorama investigation into the credit crunch managed 3.43m (14.4%) for BBC One at the same time.

Channel 4's follow-up to a controversial episode of Dispatches, Undercover Mosque: The Return, had a fairly muted reception with just 1.12m (4.8%) in the 8pm hour. On Five, Fifth Gear picked up 703,000 (3%).

Big Brother, now in its final week, brought in 2.55m (14.4%) for Channel 4 in the 10pm hour and 117,000 (1.4%) on timeshift. BBC Two's Would I Lie To You? rerun amused 1.51m (7.3%) between 10pm and 10.30pm.

Multichannel audiences were largely down, despite the launch of several high-profile new series. A new run of Ross Kemp On Gangs interested 369,000 (1.7%) for Sky1 in the 9pm hour but was beaten by a QI rerun on Dave. The quiz, fronted by Stephen Fry, had an audience of 554,000 (2.6%) between 9pm and 9.40pm, then an episode of Mock The Week kept 541,000 (2.7%) with the channel until 10.20pm.

Meanwhile, ITV2 launched a new season of Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen USA with a double-bill at 9pm. The first episode averaged 315,000 (1.5%), then at 10pm the second episode improved to 351,000 (2.2%).

First-look Hollyoaks was the top multichannel draw, with 637,000 (3.8%) for E4 at 7pm and 86,000 (0.4%) on timeshift.

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