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13.1m see Hamilton take F1 title

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13.1m see Hamilton take F1 title
A peak audience of 13.05m (50.9%) saw Lewis Hamilton win the Formula 1 World Championship yesterday (Sunday), according to early figures.

Overall, ITV1's coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix averaged a sizeable 8.75m (41.3%) between 4pm and 7pm. The race was the most-watched since ITV took over broadcasting of the sport in 1997.

Britannia High benefited from the strong lead-in, rising almost 900,000 on last week's disappointing opener to average 4.17m (16.2%).

Antiques Roadshow dominated the slot once again, however, drawing 8.89m (34.6%) to BBC One from 7.15pm. The Strictly Come Dancing results show, in which GMTV presenter Andrew Castle was voted off, followed with 8.5m (30.1%) until 9pm.

ITV1's Heartbeat picked up 5.48m (19.7%) in the 8pm hour, then the much-anticipated return of Sean Bean in Sharpe's Peril was seen by a relatively underwhelming 5.31m (23.5%) over 90 minutes.

On BBC One at the same time, Stephen Fry In America interested 6.01m (23.8%) and a news update notched up 5.42m (24.4%).

BBC Two had a very strong night thanks to the return of Top Gear at 8pm. The first episode in a new series brought in a mighty 6.95m (24.8%) in the 8pm hour, placing the channel a confident second place for the slot.

On Channel 4 at the same time, Wife Swap USA had just 1.03m (3.7%). At 9pm, Dragons' Den: Outside The Den, this week focusing on James Caan, managed 2.84m (11.2%) for BBC Two, while Channel 4's repeat of The Secret Millionaire appealed to 1.29m (5.1%).

Five's screening of classic Clint Eastwood movie A Fistful of Dollars averaged 1.25m (4.7%) between 7.05pm and 9pm, then xXx: The Next Level brought in 1.27m (5.9%) until 11.05pm.

BBC One had the lead in primetime, with an average share of 26.7% (last week: 24.8%) to ITV1's 21.7% (24.4%). BBC Two was third with 13.1% (8.4%), followed by Five on 5.2% (4.9%) and Channel 4 on 4.5% (5.1%).

Sky Sports 1 snagged the top multichannel audience of the day, averaging 646,000 (3.9%) for its coverage of Man City vs Bolton from 3.30pm.

More4's Come Dine With Me marathon was reliably popular, peaking with 578,000 (2.9%) for its 5.40pm episode, while BBC Three's top audience was 501,000 (2.3%) for EastEnders Whodunits in the 7pm hour.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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