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New 'Hotel Babylon' brings in 4.3m

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New 'Hotel Babylon' brings in 4.3m
The fourth series of Hotel Babylon got off to a decent start in its new Friday night slot, according to early ratings figures.

The new run of the drama, which saw Nigel Harman take over in the lead role, averaged 4.28m (20.1%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour on Friday. The figure is down on the 4.97m (19.7%) who saw the first episode of the third series in its old Tuesday night slot on February 19, 2008, but up on the 4.15m (17%) who saw the series three finale on April 8, 2008.

Babylon beat a repeat of Doc Martin, which had 4.12m (19.4%) in the same timeslot, and NCIS, which put in 1.55m (7.3%) for Five. BBC Two's My Life In Verse: Malorie Blackman interested just 603k (2.8%).

The latest Big Brother highlights show delivered 2.17m (10.2%) for Channel 4, a week-on-week decline of around 500k and a year-on-year fall of around 1m.

At 10.30pm, 2.02m (12.5%) tuned in to see Cairon evicted from the house after losing out to Halfwit in the public vote.

Earlier in the evening, the latest visit to Gardeners' World appealed to 2.05m (9.9%) on BBC Two in the 8pm hour, while C4's A Place In The Sun: Home Or Away had 1.11m (5.4%). Five's documentary series Air Force Afghanistan pulled in 785k (3.8%).

Friday's instalment of Celebrity MasterChef grabbed 3.51m (16.4%) for BBC One at 8.30pm, while Tonight: The Big Fat Bribe Revisited logged 2.57m (12.8%) for ITV1 between 8pm and 8.30pm.

ITV1 took first place in primetime overall with an average share of 22.9% to BBC One's 21.5%. Channel 4 was third with 7.6% (+1: 0.8%), followed by BBC Two with 5.9% and Five with 5.1%.

The latest edition of America's Got Talent was the most-watched multichannel programme of the day, drawing 727k (3.8%) to ITV2 in the 9pm hour and 125k (0.7%) on timeshift.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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