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'The Prisoner' drops to 1.4 million

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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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