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Jackson séance seen by 607,000

Jackson séance seen by 607,000

Rex Features

Derek Acorah's controversial attempt to rouse the spirit of Michael Jackson was a ratings hit for Sky1 on Friday night.

According to early figures, Michael Jackson: The Live Séance - hosted by June Sarpong MBE - pulled in 607k (3.5%) in the 10pm hour. In the programme, the late singer - speaking through Acorah - complained that he had not been buried next to Marilyn Monroe.

The séance was preceded by Michael Jackson: The Search For His Spirit, in which Sarpong went on a journey around the US to discover more about the real Jackson. It pulled in a reasonable 354k (1.6%).

Elsewhere on Friday, the final episode of Benidorm notched up an impressive 6.01m (25.8%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour. Earlier on the channel, Tonight's report on internet get-rich schemes managed 3.25m (14.4%).

BBC One's A Question Of Sport had 3.48m (14.9%) from 8.30pm, then Have I Got News For You - this week hosted by Kirsty Young - logged 4.81m (20.3%). The Armstrong & Miller Show followed with 3.65m (15.9%).

Mastermind put in 2.54m (11.2%) for BBC Two between 8pm and 8.30pm, then the latest update from Autumnwatch 2009 interested 2.8m (11.9%). Spinoff programme Autumnwatch Unsprung kept 2.41m (10.5%) until 10pm.

Jamie's American Road Trip averaged 773k (3.4%) for Channel 4 in the 8pm hour, then Peter Kay: Raider of the Pop Charts - Part One delivered 1.13m (4.9%).

On Five, Brighton Beach Patrol took 900k (3.9%), then a rerun of NCIS was seen by 1.08m (4.6%). At 10pm, Law & Order: SVU grew the audience to 1.17m (6.3%), then a rerun of Monday's FlashForward had 444k (3.7%).

Overall, ITV1 led primetime with an average audience share of 25.1% to BBC One's 21.9%. BBC Two was third with 9.1%, followed by Channel 4 with 3.8% (+1: 1%) and Five with 3.8%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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