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'Lewis' makes the case for ITV with 6.3m

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Detective drama Lewis returned with 6.3 million viewers on Sunday night, outperforming Antiques Roadshow and Waking The Dead, the latest audience data has revealed.

Series five of Lewis, the Inspector Morse spinoff starring Kevin Whately, was seen by 6.33m (24.7%) on ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm. A further 196k (0.9%) watched the show on ITV1+1.

In contrast, Antiques Roadshow unearthed 5.98m (23.7%) on BBC One in the 8pm hour and Waking The Dead held just 5.43m (21%) in the 9pm hour.

Earlier, Countryfile brought in 6.29m (28.3%) on BBC One in the 7pm hour, beating The Cube's 3.96m (17.8%) on ITV1 and 262k (1%) on timeshift.

Jackie Stewart: The Flying Scot revved up 1.24m (5.9%) on BBC Two between 6.30pm and 8pm, before a repeat of Top Gear grabbed 2.45m (9.7%) and 131k (0.5%) on the BBC HD channel.

Louis Theroux: America's Most Hated Family In Crisis captivated 2.97m (11.5%) on BBC Two in the 9pm hour and Match Of The Day 2 scored with 2.25m (12.8%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's Come Dine With Me cooked up 1.56m (7.1%) in the 8pm hour and 368k (1.5%) on +1. Civilisation: Is The West History? educated 740k (2.9%) from 9pm, before Country House Rescue took 1.45m (5.6%) and 227k (1.3%) on timeshift. A screening of The Magdalene Sisters had 890k (7.2%) from 10pm.

On Channel 5, showings of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Just Married and Two Week's Notice roused 990k (4.9%), 678k (2.6%) and 839k (6%) respectively from 6pm.

Overall, BBC One narrowly won primetime with 22.7% against ITV1's 20.3% (+1: 0.8%). BBC Two came in third with 9.9%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.1% (+1: 0.9%) and Channel 5 with 3.6%.

Elsewhere, The Only Way Is Essex dazzled 832k (4.5%) on ITV2 from 10pm and 140k (1.3%) on timeshift.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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