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'Detective Agency' opens with 5.2m

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'Detective Agency' opens with 5.2m

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Last night's first episode of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency pulled in 5.24m (20.4%) for BBC One, according to overnight viewing figures.

The show, based on Alexander McCall-Smith's bestselling novels, aired a feature-length pilot last year to impressive ratings.

The final episode of Lark Rise To Candleford, which aired before the new Detective Agency series at 8pm, logged 5.24m (20.4%).

Lark Rise - recently recommissioned for a third series - came second during the hour, beaten only by the second visit to ITV1's Dancing On Ice.

Dancing On Ice continued to do well for ITV1, pulling in 9.23m (36.7%) for the first show between 7.15pm and 8.15pm. Viewers stayed with the channel for Wild At Heart, which took 7.66m (28.5%) for the hour.

8.03m (31.5%) tuned in for the second Dancing On Ice between 9.15pm and 10pm, which saw Coleen Nolan exit the show.

On Channel 4, Come Dine With Me interested 2.12m (7.9%) during the 8pm hour. The audience then grew to 2.24m (8.7%) during the 9pm screening of Peter Kay: Raider Of The Pop Charts, which looked at the success of the comedian's star-studded charity video.

New documentary series Yellowstone took 3.8m (14.1%) for BBC Two in the 8pm hour, while 2.56m (9.9%) tuned in for the latest episode of Monty Hall's Great Escape at 9pm.

Five averaged 763k (3%) when action comedy Tallageda Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby was shown between 8.15pm and 10.30pm.

ITV1 averaged out to 30.3% in primetime, leaving BBC One in second place with 20.7%. BBC Two was third with 11.2%, followed by Channel 4 with 6.8% (+1: 1.0%) and Five with 3.3%.

Elsewhere, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps grabbed 523k (2.9%) for BBC Three, beating a new episode of Desperate Housewives on E4, which managed 364k (2.3%).

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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