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'Silk' stays smooth with 5m

Natalie Dormer in 'Silk'


New BBC legal drama Silk stayed above 5m on Tuesday evening, beating Leah's Dream on ITV1, the latest audience data has revealed.

The six-part series, starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones, continued with 5.08m (20.8%) on BBC One in the 9pm hour.

Silk easily outperformed Leah's Dream, a documentary about a child suffering with a rare form of dementia, which had 2.01m (8.2%) on ITV1 and 183k (1%) on +1.

The drama was also too strong for Heston's Mission Impossible, after the show cooked up 1.81m (7.4%) on Channel 4, down 310k week-on-week. A further 194k (1.1%) watched the programme on timeshift.

Earlier, The One Show entertained 4.74m (21.8%) on BBC One from 7pm, while Grimefighters had 2.71m (11.7%) on ITV1 from 7.30pm and 180k (0.7%) an hour later.

BBC One's Holby City fetched 5.91m (25%) in the 8pm hour, beating Lion Country's 2.19m (9.2%) on ITV1 and 69k (0.3%) on timeshift.

Over at BBC Two, Natural World captivated 1.67m (6.5%) in the 7pm hour, before A Farmer's Life For Me entertained 1.79m (7.6%) from 8pm. Horizon: Are We Still Evolving? educated 1.85m (7.5%) in the 9pm hour and Charlie Brooker's How TV Ruined Your Life amused 1.22m (6.2%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's Coach Trip rumbled on with 1.67m (10.3%) from 5.30pm and 266k (1.3%) on +1. Later, Gok's Clothes Roadshow had 2m (8.4%) in the 8pm hour and 194k (0.8%) an hour later. Shameless rounded out the evening with 1.65m (9.8%) from 10pm and 119k (1.3%) on timeshift.

Extraordinary Dogs mustered 572k (2.5%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before documentary Stanstead: The Inside Story fetched 1.05m (4.4%). CSI and CSI: Miami brought in 2.19m (9%) and 1.26m (7%) respectively from 9pm.

Overall, BBC One dominated primetime with 24.3% against ITV1's 12% (+1: 0.5%). Channel 4 and BBC Two came in joint third with 7.2% (C4+1: 0.9%), followed by Channel 5 with 5.5%.

Elsewhere, Junior Doctors: Your Life In Their Hands mustered 1.15m (4.7%) on BBC Three in the 9pm hour, by far the biggest multichannel audience of the night.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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