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Final 'Spooks' defeats 'Taggart'

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Final 'Spooks' defeats 'Taggart'
The final episode in the current series of Spooks scored a ratings triumph over a new episode of Taggart last night (Monday).

According to early figures, the spy drama pulled in an impressive 6m (25.1%) for the channel in the 9pm hour. Overall the series has averaged a combined 6.13m for BBC One and sister channel BBC Three, which premiered new episodes throughout the run.

An eighth series has already been commissioned by the BBC for transmission at the end of 2009.

On ITV1, a new episode of Taggart put in 4.92m (20.6%) for the hour, while Channel 4's Catastrophe - this week examining the effects of a devastating volcanic eruption - pulled in 1.53m (6.4%).

BBC Two documentary World War II: Behind Closed Doors averaged 1.31m (5.5%) and Five's Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: The '60s Revealed had 1.11m (4.6%).

Coronation Street logged the day's best numbers, with 9.5m (40.8%) at 7.30pm and 9.63m (39.9%) at 8.30pm. EastEnders had 9.46m (38.7%) for BBC One at 8pm, then 526k (3%) for BBC Three. Emmerdale took 7.13m (32.8%) at 7pm.

Channel 4's Hollyoaks pulled in 1.95m (9.1%) at 6.30pm, then 681k (3.6%) for E4 at 7pm (+1: 79k, 0.4%). On Five, Neighbours had 1.68m (10.2%) and Home & Away had 1.3m (6.6%).

University Challenge had a strong 3.26m (13.3%) for BBC Two at 8pm, then 2.01m (8.3%) were tempted by Indian Food Made Easy. Five's The Gadget Show had an impressive 1.42m (5.9%) for the hour, while Channel 4's The Ascent Of Money picked up just 0.96m (3.9%).

ITV1 logged an average primetime share of 25.3% (last week: 27.7%) for first place, ahead of BBC One's 23.7% (23.1%). BBC Two was third with 7.9% (7.2%), followed by Channel 4 on 5.1% (4.3%) and Five on 4% (3.7%).

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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