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Channel 4 makes 'The Promise' with 1.7m

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Channel 4's new drama The Promise premiered with just 1.7m on Sunday evening, while Dancing On Ice continued to own primetime, the latest audience data has revealed.

The Promise - Peter Kosminsky's ambitious four-part drama serial - averaged 1.74m (7.2%) for Channel 4 between 9pm and 10.45pm. A further 83k (0.5%) tuned in on +1.

Primetime was again dominated by Dancing On Ice, with the main programme pulling in 8.39m (30.8%) on ITV1 from 6.15pm and 188k (0.7%) on the ITV1+1 channel.

Dancing On Ice: The Skate-Off, featuring the shock exit of Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe, entertained 8.14m (28%) from 9.30pm and 184k (1.1%) on timeshift.

Also on ITV1, Wild At Heart mustered 7.32m (26.1%) from 8.30pm and 102k (0.4%) on +1. Later, That Sunday Night Show had 2.85m (13.6%) from 10pm and 83k (0.8%) an hour later.

On BBC One, Antiques Roadshow brought in 5.5m (23.1%) in the 6pm hour, before Countryfile managed 6.71m (25.1%). Lark Rise to Candleford had 6.18m (21%) in the 8pm hour, and then Wallander fetched 2.34m (9.4%) from 9pm. Later, live coverage of Superbowl XLV averaged 1.01m (15.1%) from 11pm.

Over at BBC Two, Ray Mears' Northern Wilderness pulled in 1.03m (4.3%) in the 6pm hour, before The Funny Side Of Live TV had 1.42m (5.3%). New Top Gear entertained 5.71m (19.4%) on BBC Two in the 8pm hour and 679k (2.3%) on BBC HD. Arctic With Bruce Parry mustered 3.59m (13.6%) from 9pm, before Match Of The Day 2 grabbed 3.1m (15.9%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's Come Dine With Me entertained 1.3m (4.9%) in the 8pm hour and 260k (0.9%) on +1. New series The People's Supermarket had 1.1m (3.7%) from 9pm and 207k (0.8%) on timeshift.

On Channel 5, Gladiators: Rome Unwrapped captivated 596k (2%) in the 8pm hour, before a screening of Rush Hour roused 1.22m (5.3%) from 9pm.

Overall, ITV1 won primetime with 26.2% against BBC One's 17.2%. BBC Two came in third with 13.5%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.4% (+1: 0.7%) and Channel 5 with 4.3%.

Elsewhere, Being Human continued on BBC Three with 1.07m (4%) in the 10pm hour, while a further 192k (0.7%) watched the show on the BBC HD channel.

Sky1's talent programme Got To Dance attracted 970k (3.9%) between 6pm and 7.30pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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