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'Autumnwatch' lifts BBC Two Tuesday

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'Autumnwatch' lifts BBC Two Tuesday
The second night of Autumnwatch helped lift BBC Two from its Tuesday night ratings rut, according to early figures.

The channel has suffered on Tuesdays for many months, often finishing last place for the night amongst the terrestrial broadcasters - behind even Five - and averaging around a million viewers.

Autumnwatch, a two-week natural documentation of life on Brownsea Island, Dorset, brought in 3.26m (14.2%) in the 8pm hour. The audience is significantly up on the 1.35m (5.8%) who saw Twiggy's Frock Exchange in the same slot last week and almost beat ITV1's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which had 3.57m (15.5%) at the same time.

BBC One's Holby City won the slot with 5.12m (22.2%) and on Channel 4, fashion show Miss Naked Beauty - which this week was accused of "humiliating" its contestants - drew 1.92m (8.4%). Five had 1.12m (4.9%) for Nature Shock documentary 'The Whale That Blew Up In The Street'.

At 9pm, Spooks drew 5.06m (22.2%) to BBC One, a fall of 450,000 on Monday's debut. ITV1 was second for the hour, enticing 3.37m (14.8%) to Cops With Cameras, while Channel 4's Embarrassing Teenage Bodies interested 2.59m (11.4%).

Five had 1.96m (8.6%) for CSI: Miami, leaving BBC Two in last place with Twiggy's Frock Exchange. The audience was up 370,000 week-on-week though, averaging 1.35m (5.9%) for the hour.

Neil Morrissey's Risky Business, a new Channel 4 series following the comedian's attempts to open his own pub, began with 1.2m (7.1%) at 10pm (+1: 120,000, 1.5%). It was out-rated by a repeat of CSI: New York on Five, which had 1.57m (9.1%).

Earlier, EastEnders drew 6.71m (30.4%) despite the normally fierce threat of an hour-long Emmerdale on ITV1. The Yorkshire-based soap could only manage 5.88m (27.4%) in the 7pm hour, and just 5.24m (23.8%) in the head-to-head period. Hollyoaks notched up 1.9m (9.1%) at 6.30pm (+1: 78,000, 0.4%).

BBC One had an average share of 22.8% in primetime (last week: 23%), ahead of ITV1's 17.6% (21.7%). BBC Two was up to a respectable 8.1% (5.4%), Channel 4 had 7.8% (8.3%) and Five had 6.1% (7.9%).

EastEnders led the multichannel ratings, with 959,000 (5.6%) tuning in for BBC Three's 10pm repeat.

The second episode of original horror drama Dead Set managed 822,000 (4.9%) for E4 at 10pm (+1: 218,000, 2.4%), down a third on Monday's impressive debut. First-run Hollyoaks was also a hit for the channel, with 705,000 (4%) at 7pm (+1: 100,000, 0.5%).

On ITV2, Haunted Homes picked up 415,000 (2.1%) in the 8pm hour (+1: 72,000, 0.4%) then a screening of Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies had an almighty 823,000 (5.1%) until 11.25pm (+1: 231,000, 2.2%).

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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