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7.3m choose Ant & Dec's 'Takeaway'

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7.3m choose Ant & Dec's 'Takeaway'
A new series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway made an impressive start on ITV1 yesterday, according to overnight figures.

The variety show - now into its ninth series - averaged 7.33m (31.7%) for the channel between 7.45pm and 9pm. The figure is up significantly on the first episode from the last series, seen by 6.13m (25.9%) on February 16, 2008.

Takeaway was the second most-watched programme of the day on any channel. Harry Hill's TV Burp - shown just before at 7.15pm - fared marginally better with an average of 7.35m (31.7%).

Most of the audience stuck around after Takeaway ended for Dancing On Ice: The Story Of Bolero. The documentary, about Torvill and Dean's infamous perfect score performance 25 years ago, interested 7.21m (32%).

ITV1's news bulletin followed with an unusually high 5.89m (28.5%) over 15 minutes.

National Lottery gameshow In It To Win It, which has topped the Saturday night ratings in recent weeks, was down to 6.07m (26.8%) for BBC One at 7.35pm.

A new episode of Casualty took 5.59m (23.9%) from 8.25pm, then comedy The Old Guys dropped to 2.62m (11.7%).

ITV1 climbed from an average share of 18.7% in primetime to a massive 29.4%. Conversely BBC One fell from 27.1% last week to 20.5%.

BBC Two's Arena: Tony Bennett - The Music Never Ends documentary brought in 1.49m (6.5%) between 7.30pm and 9pm, then the second episode of Iran and the West interested 905k (4%).

On Channel 4, a repeat of Grand Designs managed 1.1m (4.7%), then a screening of the Tom Cruise thriller Collateral kept 1.38m (7.1%) until 11.15pm.

Five's NCIS rerun drew 1.14m (4.9%) from 8.15pm, after which a new episode of CSI: New York appealed to a decent 2.35m (10.6%). Law & Order closed primetime with 1.51m (9%).

Five finished third in primetime with an average share of 6.5%. BBC Two was next with 6.2%, leaving Channel 4 last with 5.1% (+1: 0.4%).

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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