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'Silent Witness' wins Weds 9pm battle

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'Silent Witness' wins Weds 9pm battle
Silent Witness was the confident winner of the competitive 9pm battle on Wednesday night, pulling in 6.06m (26.3%) for BBC One.

New factual series Great Cities of the World With Griff Rhys Jones settled for second place with 3.44m (15%) and on BBC Two, the second episode of Heroes had 2.33m (10.1%). The first episode brought in 3.13m (13.2%) in the same slot last week, but 1.03m (6.3%) went on to watch the next episode on BBC Three, meaning that the overall audience for the show has grown 200,000 week-on-week. Behind-the-scenes documentary Heroes Unmasked put in 1.6m (7.1%) at 9.45pm, then episode three delivered 846,000 (5.4%) for BBC Three at 10pm.

Channel 4's The Family averaged 1.95m (8.5%), with a further 223,000 (1.5%) on Channel 4+1. Five's new travel series Paul Merton In India was last place for the hour but still pulled in a relatively impressive 1.84m (8%).

Earlier, ITV1 had the lead between 7pm and 9pm, topping the day overall with 8.78m (42.4%) for its 7.30pm visit to Coronation Street. Emmerdale was second with 6.77m (34.6%).

At 8pm, The Bill interested 5.48m (24.2%) while on BBC One, Big Cat Live dropped slightly to 4.17m (18.5%). The Restaurant improved more than 400,000 week-on-week to average 2.5m (11.1%) for BBC Two and Channel 4's Supernanny took 2.35m (10.4%). Five's Axe Men notched up 1.23m (5.4%).

Elsewhere, Desperate Housewives dropped to a disappointing 1.58m (9.5%) for Channel 4 at 10pm. BBC One's Wednesday night US import, Medium, fared better with 1.86m (17.6%) despite being in a later, 10.45pm timeslot.

Overall during primetime, ITV1 had a marginal lead over BBC One, with 22.2% (last week: 24.5%) to its rival's 22% (21.3%). BBC Two had 8.6% (8.5%), Channel 4 had 8.4% (7.1%) and Five was on 5.6% (4.6%).

Film4's screening of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen had a strong 439,000 (2.6%) between 9pm and 11.05pm, helping the channel to an average 1.7% share in primetime.

ITV2's most popular show was Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie, with 358,000 (1.8%) in the 9pm hour, and post-Heroes, Family Guy brought in a decent 441,000 (3.9%) to BBC Three.

Hollyoaks drew 596,000 (3.5%) to E4 and Home & Away managed 444,000 (2.8%) for Fiver.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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