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A new series of The National Lottery: In It To Win It was the most watched programme on Saturday.

On a lacklustre day for TV ratings, the gameshow - fronted by Hole in the Wall's Dale Winton - pulled in 5.96m (26.5%) to BBC One between 7.50pm and 8.40pm.

Casualty followed with 5.79m (25.2%), then the series finale of comedy Outnumbered had 4.57m (20.9%). Earlier, a Strictly Come Dancing special of The Weakest Link had been seen by 4.98m (23.1%).

ITV1 had a decent 5.55m (28.1%) for a You've Been Framed! repeat at 6.05pm, then an hour later, All Star Family Fortunes Christmas Special brought in the channel's all-day high of 5.76m (26.3%). A repeat of Foyle's War averaged 3.48m (15.4%) over two hours from 7.50pm.

BBC One had a 23.1% share in primetime, down significantly from last week's Strictly-boosted 41.6% share. ITV1 was up from 14% to a still-poor 17.7%.

BBC Two dedicated an evening to University Challenge, boosting its share from 6.3% to 9.5%. Documentary University Challenge: The Story So Far had 1.93m (8.5%) in the 8pm hour, then a rerun of a Comic Relief edition interested 2.78m (12%). The film Starter For 10, starring James McAvoy as a University Challenge contestant, followed with 2.06m (10.5%) until 11pm.

On Channel 4, comedy sequel Crocodile Dundee 2 brought in 1.96m (8.8%) from 6.55pm, then at 9pm, Justin Lee Collins's mission to Bring Back... Fame was seen by 1.2m (5.6%). The channel's share improved significantly from 4.2% to 7.1%.

Five had 967k (4.3%) and 1.14m (4.9%) for an NCIS double-bill from 7.35pm, then two episodes of CSI pulled in 1.63m (7.7%) and 1.17m (7.6%) from 9.30pm. The channel was up one point to 5.5% in primetime.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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