BBC One's grasp on primetime loosened as Push The Button
made a triumphant return to ITV1 last night, early viewing figures indicate.
Hosted by Ant and Dec
, the live gameshow started its second run with an impressive 5.78m (24.8%) between 7.15pm and 8.30pm. Despite not matching last year's launch
, its audience was far greater than last week's Primeval
finale which aired in the same timeslot.
The presence of Push The Button
boosted Paddy McGuinness's Take Me Out
, which rose a hefty 700k week-on-week to log 4.53m (18.9%) from 8.30pm, after which a Benidorm
repeat had 3.12m (14.5%).Total Wipeout
and The National Lottery: Secret Fortune
with Nick Knowles
pulled in 4.38m (19.3%) and 5.89m (24.8%) for BBC One, falling 1m and 600k respectively from last week. At 9pm, Casualty
picked up 5.88m (24.6%), before a repeat of Come Fly with Me
tickled 3.33m (14.8%).Harry Hill's TV Burp
climbed to 5.85m (26.6%) for ITV1 at 7pm, while half-an-hour before the comedy review, You've Been Framed
mustered a respectable 4.79m (22.3%). The network's screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
was seen by 1.74m (11.1%) between 3.45pm and 6pm, adding 245k (1.3%) on ITV1 +1.
Meanwhile, an afternoon of Six Nations coverage on BBC One appealed to 3.48m (28.1%) for England v Italy and 4.42m (23.5%) for Scotland v Wales. Elsewhere on the channel's sporting schedule, Match of the Day
scored 4.37m (28.1%) from 10.30pm.
Back in primetime, Channel 4 had a mixed evening, as films League of the Extraordinary Gentleman
and AVP: Alien vs Predator
only fetched 1.33m (5.8%) and 801k (5.2%) at 7pm and 10.30pm as well as a further 262k (1.1%) and 187k (2.1%) on +1. However, The Million Pound Drop Live
continued to perform well with 2.2m (9.5%), as well as 240k (1.2%) on timeshift.
Over on BBC Two, Dad's Army
and Blackadder Rides Again
amused 2.49m (10.8%) and 1.84m (7.7%) from 7.30pm, then 1.11m (4.7%) and 1.32m (6.3%) watched Faulks on Fiction
and The Tudors
drew Channel 5's best audience of its US drama marathon with 1.94m (8.9%) at 9.45pm. Prior to that, CSI: Miami
grabbed 1.02m (4.3%).
Overall, BBC One edged primetime with 21.8% against ITV1's 19.8% (+1: 0.6%). Channel 4 pipped BBC Two to third place with 6.8% (+1: 1%) to 7.2%, and Channel 5 held 5.2%.
Elsewhere, ITV3 averaged a strong 3.7% in primetime, after Rosemary & Thyme
and Midsomer Murders
took multichannel-topping audiences of 973k (4.4%) and 720k (3%).BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional