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'Sherlock' dips to 6.4m

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Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock: S01E02: The Blind Banker

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Steven Moffat's Sherlock lost over 600,000 viewers on Sunday evening, but still helped BBC One dominate primetime, according to overnight audience data.

'The Blind Banker', episode two of the detective mini-series, was watched by 6.44m (25.6%) on BBC One between 8.30pm and 10pm, down 610k week-on-week. However, an additional 210k watched the programme on BBC HD.

A new episode of Top Gear, which featured Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum as the star in the reasonably priced car, was watched by 4.66m (20.4%) in the later timeslot of 9.30pm to 10.30pm. A further 117k (1.2%) watched the motoring programme when it was aired on BBC HD in the 11pm hour.

Earlier on BBC One, The Antiques Roadshow appealed to 3.8m (21.8%) in the 6pm hour, before Last of the Summer Wine pulled in 3.97m (20.3%) between 7pm and 7.30pm, down 800k week-on-week. Countryfile was seen by 4.22m (19.2%) on BBC One between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

Over on ITV1, Alan Titchmarsh's Walks Of Fame: Twiggy secured 3.21m (16%) in the 7pm hour, and it was followed by Heartbeat, which took 4.27m (17.8%). Detective drama Taggart brought in 3.84m (15.2%) for the channel in the 9pm hour.

Cricket On Five, which featured highlights of England's test match win against Pakistan, pulled in 595k (2.9%) for Five between 7.15pm and 8pm.

Don't Stop Believing appealed to just 587k (2.4%) on Five between 7pm and 8.15pm, down 422k week-on-week.

A screening of musical film Moulin Rouge! mustered only 378k (2.3%) for Five from 9.30pm in a dismal night for the Richard Desmond-owned channel.

Live coverage of the European Athletics Championships grabbed 3.55m (16.6%) for BBC Two between 6.15pm and 9.30pm. An additional 147k (0.7%) watched the coverage on BBC HD.

Later on the channel, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel secured 1.03m (8.6%) between 10.30pm and 11.45pm.

Big Brother delivered 1.91m (7.6%) to Channel 4 in the 9pm hour and 490k (2.7%) on Channel 4 +1, before Alan Carr: Chatty Man grabbed 1.21m (6.1%) and 270k (2.6%) on timeshift.

Orchestra United averaged 380k (1.9%) for Channel 4 in the 7pm hour and 30k (0.1%) on timeshift, and it was followed by Amish: World's Squarest Teenagers, which secured 1.98m (8.3%) and 305k (1.2%) on Channel 4 +1.

BBC One won primetime with 21.8% against BBC Two's 17.3%. Unusually, ITV1 came in third with 14.5%, followed by Channel 4 with 6.1% (+1: 1.1%), and Five with 2.4%.

In a strong night for BBC Three, a Family Guy double-bill topped the multichannel ratings with respective audiences of 818k (4.9%) and 953k (7.4%) between 10.30pm and 11.15pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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