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Jamie Oliver's 'Ministry' welcomes 3m

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Jamie Oliver's 'Ministry' welcomes 3m
Jamie Oliver's new campaigning series Jamie's Ministry Of Food got off to a decent start last night (Tuesday) with 3m (13.2%).

The show, which follows the chef's attempts to encourage healthier home cooking, helped Channel 4 to third place in the 9pm hour. The figure is down on his previous series Jamie's School Dinners, which began with 4.28m (17.6%) in February 2005.

BBC One won the 9pm hour with 3.49m (15.4%) for the final episode of Mutual Friends. The drama has averaged 3.64m (16.2%) over its six weeks on air, down by around a quarter on the slot average.

A new episode of CSI: Miami brought in 2.41m (10.6%) for Five over the same period, and on BBC Two, the concluding half of Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones On Anger had a disappointing 1.08m (4.8%).

ITV1's coverage of the Champions League game between Arsenal and FC Porto averaged 3.41m (15.1%) between 7.30pm and 10pm.

EastEnders was the day's best-performing programme, with 8.09m (38%) at 7.30pm. Emmerdale put in 6.04m (30.5%) at 7pm for second.

BBC One maintained its lead at 8pm with medical drama Holby City, which drew 5.65m (24.5%) for the hour. Channel 4's The Sex Education Show allured 1.82m (7.9%) and BBC Two's Tiger: Spy In The Jungle picked up 1.37m (5.9%). Five had 1.32m (5.7%) for Megastructures: 747 Demolition.

Later, new series Dawn Porter: Free Lover drew 1.75m (10.7%) to Channel 4 in the 10pm hour. Five's CSI: New York had 1.7m (10.1%) over the same period.

The biggest multichannel audience of the day was a massive 1.67m (8.5%) for ITV4's coverage of the Champions League game between Man Utd and AaB Aalborg from 7.30pm to 10pm. The audience peaked with 2.25m (11.3%) at 9.30pm.

EastEnders brought in 892,000 (5.5%) to BBC Three at 10pm. The channel also had success with Don't Tell The Bride, which delivered 659,000 (3.3%) in the 9pm hour. New comedy Coming Of Age followed 'Enders with 274,000 (2.1%).

ITV2's fortunes improved as comedy movie Sister Act was hastily dropped into the schedules to replace ailing reality show CelebAir, which has moved to Thursdays. The film drew 449,000 (2.3%) between 8pm and 10pm.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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