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Celebrity 'Dance' show grows to 8.1m

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Celebrity 'Dance' show grows to 8.1m

Fern Britton / Rex Features

BBC One's celebrity dance show Let's Dance For Comic Relief built its audience further still last night, early figures suggest.

The series began a fortnight ago with 6.81m (31.1%), growing to an impressive 7.15m (31.9%) last week.

The latest episode, which featured performances from Fern Britton and Angela Rippon, added a further million, with an average of 8.09m (35.1%) watching between 7.20pm and 8.45pm.

The success of the show continued to affect ratings for Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV1. The entertainment show averaged an inferior 6.53m (27.8%) between 7.45pm and 9pm, but managed to grow its audience by over 700k week-on-week.

Before Takeaway, Harry Hill's TV Burp had 5.43m (23.5%) and earlier, live FA Cup coverage of Man Utd vs Fulham brought in 4.77m (26.1%) from 4.45pm.

The National Lottery draw picked up 6.39m (28%) for BBC One at 8.45pm, then Casualty averaged 6.4m (27.5%).

A repeat of Midsomer Murders was seen by 3.31m (16%) on ITV1 from 9pm.

BBC One led primetime with an average share of 26.4%, while ITV1 managed 21.2%.

Five had the highest audience of the remaining terrestrials, with 2.69m (13.1%) tuning in for a new episode of CSI: New York from 9.10pm. Law & Order followed with 1.4m (9%) and earlier, a rerun of NCIS had picked up 1.46m (6.3%).

BBC Two's documentary Timewatch: The Real Bonnie and Clyde interested 1.95m (8.3%) in the 8pm hour, then The Satanic Verses Affair appealed to just 987k (4.7%).

Channel 4's Grand Designs repeat put in 911k (3.95), then a repeat of drama-documentary Queen Victoria's Men had 1.32m (6.5%) between 9pm and 10.30pm.

Five's average primetime share was 6.7%, while BBC Two had 6.1% and Channel 4 had 5.1% (+1: 0.6%).

The most popular multichannel programme of the day was ITV2's afternoon screening of Ice Age: The Meltdown, with 698k (4.5%) and 249k (1.3%) on timeshift.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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