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'Midsomer Murders' beats 'Indiana Jones'

By
John Nettles

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Midsomer Murders held off the challenge of an Indiana Jones film to prove victorious in Wednesday night primetime, the latest audience data has revealed.

A new episode of the detective drama, titled 'Not In My Back Yard', averaged 6.05m (24.9%) for ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm, outperforming a screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which had 3.98m (16.4%) on BBC One.

Earlier, Rip Off Britain entertained 5.19m (22.9%) on BBC One from 7.30pm, beating The Unforgettable Pat Phoenix with 4.44m (19.9%) on ITV1. Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman grabbed 1.12m (8.7%) on BBC One from 10.45pm.

On Channel 4, Arthur's Hell On High Water was watched by 910k (3.9%) from 8pm and 35k (0.1%) on timeshift, before Jamie's Fish Suppers brought in 1.05m (4.3%) in the 15 minutes to 9pm. Hugh's Fish Fight caught 1.89m (7.7%) in the 9pm hour and 210k (1.1%) an hour later. Shameless continued with 2.61m (14.4%) from 10pm and 346k (3.7%) on +1.

BBC Two's coverage of The Masters took 1.15m (5.1%) in the 7pm hour, before new series Michel Roux's Service fetched 1.64m (6.9%). Edwardian Farm had 1.51m (6.1%) in the 9pm hour and Never Mind The Buzzcocks amused 1.14m (5.4%) from 10pm.

How Do They Do It? grabbed 920k (4.1%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before Battle Of Britain: The Lost Evidence had 1.07m (4.5%). NCIS and Law & Order: Criminal Intent brought in respective audiences of 1.55m (6.3%) and 837k (4.4%) from 9pm.

Overall, ITV1 won primetime with 22.8% against BBC One's 18.7%. Channel 4 came in third with 6.9% (+1: 0.6%), followed by BBC Two with 5.8% and Channel 5 with 4.5%.

Elsewhere, the night's biggest multichannel audience went to live coverage of Arsenal's Carling Cup loss to Ipswich, which pulled in 941k (4.2%) on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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