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'Let's Dance' returns with 7.6m

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Steve Jones and Alex Jones in Let's Dance for Comic Relief

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Let's Dance For Comic Relief returned to boost BBC One's primetime lineup last night, pulling in nearly 7.6m viewers, overnight viewing figures indicate.

Hosted by Steve and Alex Jones, the opening edition of the charity contest - which saw Katie Price and Russell Kane progress to the final - pulled in a hefty 7.56m (32.3%), up 1.3m on last year's Let's Dance For Sports Relief premiere.

The National Lottery: Secret Fortune, presented by Nick Knowles, followed with 6.17m (26.6%) at 8.15pm, an increase of 280k on last week's first episode, after which the latest instalment of Casualty - titled 'Till Death Do Us Part' - grabbed 6.09m (26.8%).

Over on ITV1, the FA Cup's dream tie between Premier League leaders Manchester United and non-league Crawley Town scored an impressive average of 6.12m (30.9%) from 4.35pm (+1: 59k), peaking with 8.09m (35.9%) in the game's final moments.

The much-anticipated match dented BBC One's Total Wipeout, which entertained 4.04m (18.7%) in the 6pm hour.

Hurt by Let's Dance, Harry Hill's TV Burp dipped to 4.44m (18.8%) at 7.20pm (+1: 262k), down 1.4m week-on-week, before Ant & Dec's Push The Button also plummeted, entertaining just 4.51m (19.4%) at 7.50pm (+1: 160k).

At 9pm, 4.23m (18.1%) watched Take Me Out (+1: 125k), then a repeat of Benidorm's series four finale amused 2.95m (15.5%) at 10.20pm (+1: 145k).

Channel 4's screening of X-Men logged 1.08m (4.6%) from 7.15pm (+1: 134k), and 1.97m (8.9%) tuned in for an extended Million Pound Drop (+1: 312k), while BBC Two's schedule of The Unknown Hancock, Faulks on Fiction and The Tudors interested 1.81m (7.8%), 1.08m (4.6%) and 1.47m (7.1%).

Elsewhere, an NCIS double bill had 1.04m (4.3%) and 1.25m (5.4%) from 7.05pm, CSI: Miami took 1.18m (5%) at 9pm, and CSI: NY fetched 1.83m (8.8%) in the 10pm hour.

Overall, BBC One led primetime with 26.1% to ITV1's 17.5% (+1: 0.6%). Channel 4 claimed third place with 6.4% (+1: 0.7%), followed by BBC Two with 6.7%, and Channel 5 with 5.7%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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