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'Match Of The Day' soars to season high

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Gary Lineker and his girlfriend Danielle Bux in Cardiff

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Match Of The Day pulled in over 5 million viewers to record a season-high, early viewing figures indicate.

BBC One's football highlights show scored 5.24m (31.8%) from 10.30pm, grabbing more viewers than all of its major terrestrial rivals combined on a day which saw over 40 goals scored in the Premier League.

Earlier on the channel, Total Wipeout entertained 5.41m (23.4%) at 7pm, The National Lottery: In It To Win It gripped 6.47m (27.2%) at 8pm, Casualty logged 5.8m (24%) from 8.50pm, and 3.51m (15.6%) were amused by a Come Fly With Me repeat at 9.40pm.

You've Been Framed and Harry Hill's TV Burp were ITV1's highest performers, returning for new runs with 5.47m (24.3%) and 5.61m (24.3%) respectively, also adding 206k (0.9%) and 230k (1%) on +1.

Despite the strong lead-in, Primeval averaged 3.6m (15.4%), gaining only 200k week-on-week. BBC One's audience for Total Wipeout shot up over a million viewers between the end of TV Burp and the start of the ailing adventure drama.

After Primeval, 3.82m (15.8%) tuned in for Paddy McGuinness' gameshow Take Me Out, after which a Benidorm re-run mustered 3.11m (14.1%) at 9.45pm.

Over on BBC Two, a showing of BBC Four documentary The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse triumphed with 2.11m (8.9%) at 7.30pm, then Faulks on Fiction and The Tudors claimed 1.32m (5.6%) and 1.4m (6.6%).

Meanwhile, Channel 4's screening of Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer managed 1.6m (6.8%) from 7pm, as well as a further 272k (1.1%) on +1. The Million Pound Drop Live followed with 2.39m (10.2%) and 274k (1.4%) on timeshift, then movie Kiss The Girls had 1.06m (6.8%) plus 201k (2.2%) who watched an hour later.

Elsewhere, Channel 5's US drama marathon performed well: a double bill of NCIS held 1.07m (4.6%) and 1.17m (5%) from 7pm, before CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and an original CSI took respective audiences of 1.31m (5.4%), 2.14m (9.7%) and 938k (5.5%).

Overall, BBC One swept ITV1 away in primetime with 23.9% to 16%. Channel 4 edged BBC Two to third place with 7.5% (+1: 1%) to 7.7%, while Channel 5 averaged 6.1%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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