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'Harry Hill's TV Burp' surges to 7.9m

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Harry Hill
Harry Hill's TV Burp rose to nearly 7.9m on Saturday night as more viewers flocked to the terrestrial channels, early viewing figures show.

Airing at 7.30pm, the comedy clipshow climbed nearly 3m week-on-week to attract 7.89m (31.5%) to ITV1, its best figures in its nine-year history.

BBC One's Merlin - airing opposite TV Burp - managed a series high of 6.28m (25.1%), 680k more than last week, for an episode titled 'Queen of Hearts'.

Prior to that, Strictly Come Dancing delivered a strong 10.72m (44.2%), up 460k on last Saturday, despite airing from the slightly earlier time of 6pm. Strictly reached a high of 12.32m (48.9%) in the final 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, The X Factor's latest performance show soared to preposterous levels, grabbing 13.49m (49.9%) between 8pm and 9.30pm, retaining the majority of its audience throughout the 90 minutes. While the main show peaked at 13.87m (50.9%) at 8.30pm, ITV2's The Xtra Factor could only keep 727k (3.1%) on ITV2.

Despite heavy promotion this week, fly-on-the-wall documentary Take That: Look Back, Don't Stare could only muster 4.85m (21.6%) after The X Factor, however it still outperformed BBC One's coverage of The Festival of Remembrance, which interested 4.81m (20%).

Elsewhere on the main two networks, Casualty sank to 3.86m (14%) opposite X Factor, while All Star Family Fortunes and You've Been Framed entertained 3.28m (13.3%) and 4.74m (19.1%) against Strictly.

Over on BBC Two, Return of the Goodies logged 1.77m (6.5%), then Have I Got A Bit More News For You won the channel's highest audience of the night, 2.29m (9.5%) at 9.30pm. Documentary Neil Diamond: Solitary Man followed at 10.15pm with 1.67m (8.3%).

Channel 4's showings of Apocalypse: The Second World War, Pillars of the Earth and Million Pound Drop fetched respective figures of 1.06m (3.9%), 1.06m (4.1%) and 1.47m (7.2%), while Channel 5's roster of imported dramas - NCIS and a CSI double bill - appealed to 759k (2.8%), 1.17m (4.9%) and 869k (4.7%).

Overall, ITV1 thrashed BBC One in primetime with a share of 34.5% to 21.6%, BBC One was third with 7.2%, while Channel 4 and 5 followed with 4.2% (+1: 0.4%) and 3.6% respectively.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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