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'The Prisoner' drops to 1.4 million

The Prisoner
The Prisoner continued its ratings decline last night (Saturday), shedding another 150,000 viewers.

The fourth episode of the revived cult drama had just 1.41m (6%) in the 9pm hour on ITV1, placing the channel last among the terrestrials and behind even its digital-only sister station ITV2. There, Britain's Got More Talent had 1.79m (7.6%) and 253k (1.3%) on timeshift.

Casualty took 5.62m (23.9%) for BBC One, an extended edition of Have I Got News For You brought in 2.41m (10.2%) for BBC Two, and on Channel 4, a screening of Jason Statham's Transporter 2 averaged 1.95m (8.8%). A new episode of CSI: NY delivered 1.86m (7.9%) to Five.

Earlier, the latest episode of Doctor Who pulled in 5.9m (29.4%) for BBC One at the earlier time of 6pm. The figure represents a series low and a loss of more than 600k week-on-week.

Afterwards on the channel, the latest edition of Over The Rainbow added 500k to reach 5.51m (25.2%) between 6.45pm and 8.10pm. A new series of Dale Winton's National Lottery: In It To Win It followed with 4.06m (16.4%).

On ITV1, gameshow The Whole 19 Yards took 4.26m (19.7%) in the 7pm hour, then the latest edition of Britain's Got Talent appealed to a hefty 10.59m (42.9%).

Channel 4's repeats of Blitz Street and SAS: The Real Story interested 854k (3.9%) and 720k (2.9%) from 7pm. Meanwhile, Five's NCIS double-bill took 843k (3.8%) and 909k (3.7%) from 7.10pm.

BBC Two's VE Day-themed repeats of Dad's Army, Timewatch and Nation on Film had audiences of 1.59m (7.3%), 1.37m (5.8%) and 1.2m (4.8%).

Overall, BBC One averaged 22.1% for first place in primetime, two points ahead of ITV1. BBC Two was third with 7.1%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.5% (+1: 0.8%) and Five with 5.4%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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