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'Benidorm' back with record ratings

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Benidorm returned to record-breaking ratings last night as the sitcom reversed ITV1's Friday night fortunes, according to the latest overnight data.

The fourth series opener, guest starring Cilla Black and Denise Welch, averaged an impressive 7.31m (30.2%) from 9pm, adding a further 265k on +1.

BBC One's New Tricks repeat was second in the hour with 2.97m (12.7%), followed by Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies with 2.56m (10.9%) and 683k on timeshift, while BBC Two's Hidden Treasures of Australian Art interested 1.04m (4.4%), and The Mentalist took 1.07m (4.6%) for Channel 5.

Comedy Friday Night Dinner, starring Simon Bird, launched on Channel 4 with a respectable 1.86m (8.9%) at 10pm (+1: 322k), ahead of BBC Two's last Fast and Loose, which mustered 785k (3.8%), and Law & Order's 1.03m (5.3%) for Channel 5. The Graham Norton Show logged 3.29m (21.8%) from 10.35pm.

Mastermind and Britain From Above grabbed 2.3m (9.9%) and 1.29m (5.5%) for BBC Two in the 8pm hour, while Relocation: Phil Down Under managed 1.43m (6.1%) for Channel 4 (+1: 110k), and Ice Road Truckers notched up 1.27m (5.4%) for Channel 5.

Meanwhile, 3.39m (14.5%) watched Children's Hospital at 8pm, and QI claimed just 3.07m (13%) for BBC One at 8.30pm.

Overall, 27.4% (+1: 0.6%) gave ITV1 its first Friday primetime win of the year, ahead of BBC One's 18%. Channel 4 was third with 7.1% (+1: 1.2%), followed by BBC Two with 5.5%, and Channel 5 with 4.1%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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