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'Psychoville' thrills 1.4m on Halloween

By
Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton

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A special Halloween edition of Psychoville thrilled more than 1.4m viewers on Sunday evening, according to the latest audience data.

The dark comedy, written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, averaged 1.4m (7.8%) for BBC Two from 10pm, while 45k (0.2%) tuned in on BBC HD.

Earlier, Tina O'Brien's exit from Strictly Come Dancing was watched by 9.75m (37.4%) on BBC One from 7.30pm and 370k (1.4%) in HD. The programme was followed on BBC One by Antiques Roadshow, which pulled in 5.71m (19.9%) and 179k (0.6%) on BBC HD.

On ITV1, the latest live results show of The X Factor appealed to 13.02m (45.4%) in the 8pm hour, while 830k (2.9%) watched on ITV1 HD.

Single Father secured 4.14m (15.3%) on BBC One in the 9pm hour and 124k (0.5%) in HD, but it was soundly beaten by Downton Abbey, which mustered 8.59m (31.7%) on ITV1 and 431k (1.6%) on ITV1 HD.

Earlier on ITV1, The Cube appealed to 5.12m (20.6%) from 7pm and 219k (0.9%) in HD, but it was outperformed by Countryfile's Autumn Special, which brought in a healthy 7.89m (31.1%) on BBC One from 6.30pm and 162k (0.7%) on BBC HD.

A repeat of Top Gear entertained 1.54m (6.1%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour, before Return of the Rhino: A Last Chance to See Special had 1.53m (5.3%). New series James May's Man Lab then premiered to 1.97m (7.3%) from 9pm.

Due to Psychoville, Match Of The Day 2 switched to BBC One, where the football highlights programme grabbed 2.74m (20.1%).

Over at Channel 4, The Genius of British Art educated 430k (1.7%) in the 7pm hour and 69k (0.2%) on timeshift. The programme was followed by Undercover Boss USA, which had 630k (2.2%) and 162k (0.6%) on Channel 4 +1.

A new series of Secret Millionaire took 1.75m (6.5%) from 9pm and 331k (1.8%) an hour later, before Desperate Housewives entertained 1.26m (6.7%) and 134k (1.4%) on timeshift.

On Channel Five, screenings of Little Man and Dumb And Dumber attracted respective audiences of 763k (2.8%) and 983k (4.5%) from 7.15pm.

Overall, ITV1 owned primetime with 29.7% (HD: 1.6%) against BBC One's 23%. BBC Two came in third with 6.6%, followed by Channel 4 with 4% (+1: 0.7%) and Channel 5 with 3.6%.

Elsewhere, The Xtra Factor appealed to 1.17m (4.3%) on ITV2 from 9pm and 161k (0.9%) an hour later.

The programme was followed on ITV2 by new reality series The Only Way Is Essex, which had 671k (3.2%) and 85k (0.7%) on timeshift.

Detective series Thorne: Scaredy Cat pulled in 399k (1.5%) on Sky1 in the 9pm hour.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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