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New 'Wonders' captivates 3.5m

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Professor Brian Cox

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Wonders Of The Universe premiered with 3.5 million on Sunday night despite competition from South Riding and Dancing On Ice, the latest audience data has revealed.

The new series, presented by Professor Brian Cox, averaged 3.23m (11.9%) for BBC Two in the 9pm hour and 365k (1.3%) on the BBC HD channel.

Wonders performed well in the face of stiff competition from the concluding part of South Riding, which pulled in 5.93m (21.9%) on BBC One from 9pm.

Dancing On Ice: The Skate-Off, featuring the elimination of Denise Welch, entertained 6.97m (26.6%) on ITV1 from 9.30pm and 216k (1.5%) on +1.

Elsewhere on ITV1, the main Dancing On Ice show fetched 8.39m (33.6%) from 6.15pm and 208k (0.8%) on timeshift. Wild At Heart mustered 7.21m (26.7%) from 8.30pm and 168k (0.7%) an hour later.

Earlier on BBC One, Countryfile brought in 6.06m (24%) in the 6pm hour, before Antiques Roadshow managed 6.51m (24.6%). Later, Outcasts continued with 1.33m (9.7%) from 10.30pm.

Over at BBC Two, a screening of Finding Neverland captivated 980k (4.1%) from 6.30pm. Best Of Top Gear entertained 2.58m (9.7%) from 8pm and 277k (1%) on BBC HD. Match Of The Day 2 scored with 3.55m (19.6%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's Come Dine With Me cooked up 1.33m (5.3%) in the 8pm hour and 341k (1.3%) on +1. Civilisation: Is The West History? educated 1.06m (4%) from 9pm and 89k (0.3%) on timeshift, before Country House Rescue took 1.06m (3.9%) and 329k (1.8%) an hour later. A screening of Mr And Mrs Smith thrilled 950k (7.5%) from 10pm.

On Channel 5, Royal Navy Caribbean Patrol roused 702k (2.7%) in the 8pm hour, before a screening of Bulletproof appealed to 1.04m (4.3%).

Overall, ITV1 won primetime with 26.8% (+1: 0.8%) against BBC One's 21.9%. BBC Two came in third with 10.7%, followed by Channel 4 with 4.6% (+1: 0.9%) and Channel 5 with 4%.

Elsewhere, the new series of Being Human continued on BBC Three with 906k (3.3%) from 10pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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