The event, in aid of children's charity UNICEF, saw a team of English celebs face off against a 'Rest of the World' celebrity squad. Hosted by Ant & Dec, the programme averaged 4.44m (20.5%) between 6pm and 10pm. The figure is down on the first Soccer Aid, screened in May 2006, when 6.1m (31%) tuned in. For the last three months, ITV1 has averaged 4.85m in the 6pm to 10pm slot with its lineup of Sunday night dramas and soaps.
BBC One took the lead through most of primetime, led by 6.13m (26%) for a new series of Antiques Roadshow in the 8pm hour. At 9pm, the channel aired a one-off special, Joanna Lumley: In The Land of the Northern Lights, following the veteran actress on a trip to the most northerly inhabited place on Earth. The documentary pulled in an impressive 5.93m (25.1%), up from the 4.26m (18.3%) who saw drama Fiona's Story in the same slot last week.
BBC Two had strong audiences of 1.78m (9.7%) and 2.43m (11.6%) respectively for its repeats of Dragons' Den and Top Gear from 6pm. At 8pm, new series Charley Boorman: Ireland To Sydney By Any Means pulled in 2.26m (9.6%), topping Channel 4's Wife Swap, with 1.74m (7.4%) and 229,000 (1.1%) on Channel 4+1.
At 9pm, new series Earth: The Climate Wars, charting the history of global warming, had a decent 1.56m (6.6%) for BBC Two. On Channel 4, epic movie Braveheart held 1.37m (8.6%) and 71,000 (0.7%) between 9pm and 12.15am. BBC Two rounded out the evening with 939,000 (7.5%) for a screening of Russell Crowe movie Cinderella Man.
Five had a quiet day, topped by an audience of 1.18m (6.6%) for afternoon movie CutThroat Island. A screening of 2005's The Producers appealed to just 741,000 (3.2%) from 7.30pm, then at 10pm, a repeat of Giles Coren's countdown of the Greatest Ever Comedy Movies put in 663,000 (6.1%).
After a strong relaunch last Sunday, with a peak audience of 1 million, Sky1 took a knock in the multichannel ratings. Its top audience was 678,000 (4.1%) for an episode of The Simpsons at 6.30pm. Episode two of Hairspray: The School Musical dropped to 329,000 (1.8%) in the 7pm hour, down on the premiere's 479,000 (2.6%) and the slot average of 494,000 (2.9%). A screening of the movie Grease followed with 298,000 (1.4%) until 10.10pm.
ITV2 and ITV3 dominated multichannel viewing, meanwhile, with a combined audience of around 2 million early in primetime.
At 6pm, a two-hour Midsomer Murders brought in 797,000 (4.6%) to ITV3 with an additional 42,000 (0.1%) on ITV3+1. Another Midsomer Murders, screened over two hours from 8.05pm, pulled in 1.08m (5.2%) and 43,000 (0.2%).
ITV2's rerun of Saturday's The X Factor pulled in a massive 959,000 (6%) and 148,000 (0.8%) at 6pm and the ensuing Xtra Factor managed 771,000 (4.2%) and 108,000 (0.5%). TV's Funniest Music Moments had 423,000 (2%) and 108,000 (0.5%) at 8pm then an hour later, a screening of animated movie Ice Age delivered 440,000 (2.3%) and 116,000 (0.9%).
BBC Three peaked with 515,000 (3.3%) for an episode of Family Guy at 10.15pm.
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