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'Spooks' tops 'Taggart' on Monday

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'Spooks' tops 'Taggart' on Monday
The return of Taggart was beaten by Spooks in the ratings on Monday night, according to early figures.

ITV1's crime drama pulled in 4.89m (20.3%) to finish second for the 9pm hour, while the third episode of BBC One's spy drama managed 5.2m (21.6%).

BBC Two had 2.15m (8.9%) for the final half of documentary Prescott: The Class System And Me, which saw the former deputy PM enjoy a night on the town with Jodie Marsh.

Channel 4 put in a decent 2.1m (9.2%) for the 90-minute documentary The Unsinkable Titanic (+1: 194,000, 1.4%), and Five's endurance contest Unbreakable drew 906,000 (3.8%).

BBC Two's continuing nature documentary Autumnwatch had another sizable audience, averaging 3.52m (14.1%) for the 8pm hour. Channel 4 interested 1.04m (4.2%) with Dispatches: Mum Loves Drugs, Not Me (+1: 233,000, 1.1%) and Five's The Gadget Show appealed to 1.12m (4.5%).

Coronation Street notched up audiences of 9.96m (42.4%) at 7.30pm and 9.79m (38.9%) at 8.30pm. EastEnders had a strong 9.67m (39.1%) for BBC One at 8pm, and a further 909,000 (5.2%) on BBC Three. Emmerdale was up to 7.53m (34.3%).

Hollyoaks put in 2.16m (10%) for Channel 4 at 6.30pm (+1: 128,000, 0.6%), then E4's first-look of the next episode drew 845,000 (4.4%) from 7pm (+1: 74,000, 0.3%).

ITV1 won primetime overall with an average share of 25.3% (last week: 23.1%) to BBC One's 22.4% (22.5%). BBC Two was third with 9.4% (10.4%), followed by Channel 4 on 6.1% (6.1%) and Five on 3.6% (3.4%).

In multichannel homes, first-look Spooks proved popular, with a healthy 704,000 (6.2%) tuning in to BBC Three from 10.30pm.

ITV2's reality show Hell's Kitchen USA had another strong showing, winning the 9pm hour with 558,000 (2.7%) and 84,000 (0.5%) on timeshift. ITV3's screening of the disaster drama Flood brought in 413,000 (3.6%) from 10pm and on ITV4, the latest episode of Sanctuary had 400,000 (1.9%) for the 9pm hour.

The Sarah Jane Adventures averaged 0.61m (5.1%) for BBC One at 4.35pm, then the start of a new story brought in 489,000 (3.8%) to the CBBC Channel from 5.15pm.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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