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E4's 'Dead Set' brings in 1.2m

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E4's 'Dead Set' brings in 1.2m
E4's original drama Dead Set got off to a strong start last night (Monday) with over 1 million viewers, according to overnight figures.

The five-part series - a zombie horror set in a fictional Big Brother house - is being stripped every night this week on the digital channel. The hour-long first episode pulled in an average of 1.19m and an 8.2% share from 10pm, with a peak of 1.41m (8.3%) at 10.10pm. A further 220,000 (2.9%) watched an hour later on timeshift channel E4+1.

The channel also had success with its first-run episode of Hollyoaks, which drew a reliable 682,000 (3.7%) at 7pm (+1: 117,000, 0.6%). Overall, E4's primetime share increased to 3.1% and E4+1 averaged 0.7%.

ITV2's Hell's Kitchen USA enjoyed bumper ratings, with 735,000 (3.6%) in the 9pm hour (+1: 38,000, 0.3%). A subsequent screening of GoldenEye brought in 520,000 (5.4%).

The return of Spooks for a seventh series was met by 5.5m (23.4%) at 9pm on BBC One. The spy drama comfortably beat the final episode of ITV1's Wired, which had 3.12m (13.3%) at the same time, but was down on the 6.6m (28.1%) who saw the premiere of series six last year.

Channel 4 was third in the 9pm hour with 2.82m (12%) for new series Embarrassing Teenage Bodies. BBC Two was close behind, drawing 2.6m (11%) for new two-parter Prescott: The Class System and Me. Five trailed with 800,000 (3.4%) for Unbreakable.

Coronation Street's two episodes pulled in 9.82m (43.4%) and 9.39m (37.9%) at 7.30pm and 8.30pm respectively, while EastEnders took 8.84m (36.8%) at 8pm. Emmerdale averaged 7.44m (35%) and Hollyoaks managed 2.38m (11.2%).

At 8pm, BBC Two's Autumnwatch 2008 began with a spectacular 3.79m (15.5%), easily beating Five's The Gadget Show, which had 1.19m (4.9%), and C4's Dispatches: Don't Back On The Bailout, with 0.92m (3.8%).

Overall in primetime, ITV1 led with an average share of 23.1% (last week: 24.5%) to BBC One's 22.5% (21.7%). BBC Two was third with 10.4% (9.7%), followed by Channel 4 on 6.1% (5.5%) and Five on 3.4% (3.6%).

> Click here to read our interview with Dead Set writer Charlie Brooker

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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