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'Law & Order: UK' returns to nearly 5m

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Series three of Law & Order: UK debuted to almost 5m viewers on Thursday evening, according to overnight audience data.

A new episode of the police drama, titled 'Broken', averaged 4.82m (21.4%) on ITV1 from 9pm and 160k (0.7%) on ITV1 HD.

The programme beat Small Teen, Big World in the 9pm hour, after the documentary pulled in 2.76m (12.2%) on BBC One.

The One Show was watched by 4.16m (22.2%) on BBC One between 7pm and 7.30pm, before Watchdog grabbed 4.99m (22.2%) in the 8pm hour.

Earlier on ITV1, Tonight: Our Litter Legacy scooped 2.77m (13.5%) between 7.30pm and 8pm.

On Channel 4, the penultimate Ultimate Big Brother brought in a disappointing 1.59m (7.1%) in the 8pm hour. However, an additional 608k (2.7%) watched the programme on Channel 4 +1.

Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution attracted 1.52m (6.7%) to Channel 4 in the 9pm hour and 210k (1.2%) on timeshift, before Eight Out Of Ten Cats: Big Brother Special brought in 1.21m (6.8%) and 143k (1.5%) on Channel 4 +1.

Over at BBC Two, Mountain Gorilla secured 1.06m (5.4%) in the 7pm hour, before E Numbers: An Edible Adventure pulled in 1.52m (6.8%).

Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School For Boys grabbed 2.32m (10.3%) for BBC Two from 9pm, and it was followed by Mock The Week, which took 2.22m (11.2%).

Escape From Apollo 13 brought in 337k (1.6%) between 7.30pm and 8pm, before The Wright Stuff: 10th Birthday Special took 380k (1.7%).

Also on Five, 9/11 Crime Scene Investigators appealed to 1.69m (7.5%) in the 9pm hour, and it was followed by a screening of Nowhere To Run, which averaged 817k (6.3%) for the channel from 10pm.

ITV1 won primetime with a share of 22.6% (HD: 0.6%) over BBC One's 21%. BBC Two came in third with 7.9%, followed by Channel 4 with 6% (+1: 1.3%) and Five with 3.9%.

Elsewhere, comedy panel show Celebrity Juice pulled in 665k (3.6%) on ITV2 from 10pm and 140k (1.4%) on timeshift.

That was the second biggest multi-channel audience of the night behind a repeat of EastEnders, which grabbed 1.45m (7.4%) on BBC Three from 10pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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