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'Rock & Chips' special tops 'Marple'

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Freddie Robdal from 'Rock and Chips'

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Rock & Chips finished just ahead of Marple in last night's 9pm slot, despite being down 2.3m on its January premiere.

BBC One's Only Fools and Horses prequel, starring James Buckley and Nicholas Lyndhurst, logged 5.15m (20.3%) in the 9pm hour.

Agatha Christie's Marple took 5.29m (20.7%) for ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm, averaging 4.97m (19.6%) versus Rock & Chips.

Prior to Marple, The Lakes interested 3.84m (16.4%), pipping Dig 40's 3.73m (15.9%) for BBC One.

At 7pm, Celebrity Mastermind quizzed 4.77m (19.6%), then an hour later Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice managed an impressive 5.39m (21%).

Over on BBC Two, Matt Lucas-fronted documentary Les Mis at 25 appealed to 1.48m (5.7%) at 8pm, after which 1.55m (6.4%) watched Arena: Rolf Harris Paints His Dream, and QI XL attracted 1.61m (9.1%) at 10.30pm.

Channel 4's screening of Cheaper By The Dozen 2 was seen by 1.27m (5.1%), before The House That Made Me pulled in 773k (3%). At 10pm, Peep Show and Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights amused 844k (3.8%) and 575k (3.1%).

Most Shocking Celebrity Moments picked up Channel 5's best primetime ratings, averaging 1.5m (7.5%) between 9pm and midnight. Earlier, Cheryl Cole: Where Did It All Go Right And Wrong entertained 1.1m (4.3%).

Overall, BBC One edged ITV1 in primetime, with 19.6% to 19.4%. BBC Two was third with 6.9%, followed by Channel 5 with 5.3%, and Channel 4 with 4% (+1: 0.7%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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