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'Candy Cabs' books in 5.5m for BBC One

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New BBC comedy Candy Cabs booked in almost 5.5 million viewers on Tuesday evening, outperforming Smugglers on ITV1, the latest audience data has revealed.

Candy Cabs, about a group of friends setting up an all-female taxi company, averaged 5.48m (22.5%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour. The show proved too strong for Smugglers, a new reality TV series following the work of the UK Borders Agency, which locked up 3.25m (13.4%) on ITV1 and 252k (1.5%) on +1.

Also in the 9pm hour, Filthy Cities premiered with 2.33m (9.6%) on BBC Two and 98k (0.4%) on BBC HD, while Katie: My Beautiful Friends captivated 1.46m (6%) on Channel 4 and 267k (1.5%) on +1.

Earlier, Grimefighters cleaned up 2.72m (12.1%) on ITV1 from 7.30pm and 108k (0.5%) on timeshift. BBC One's Holby City fetched 5.76m (24.3%) in the 8pm hour, beating Countrywise's 2.84m (12%) on ITV1.

Over at BBC Two, Great British Menu returned with 1.48m (7.7%) from 6.30pm, before The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart mustered 1.62m (7.5%) in the 7pm hour. Lambing Live continued with 1.7m (7.2%) from 8pm and Later Live With Jools Holland appealed to 860k (4.5%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's Supersize Vs Superskinny gobbled up 2.29m (9.7%) in the 8pm hour and 192k (0.8%) on timeshift. New comedy Campus debuted with 610k (3.7%) from 10pm and 108k (1.2%) on +1.

Extraordinary Dogs sniffed out 615k (2.7%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before documentary Tsunami: British Search & Rescue captivated 986k (4.2%). CSI and CSI: Miami brought in 2.27m (9.3%) and 1.24m (7%) respectively from 9pm.

Overall, BBC One owned primetime with 24.5% against ITV1's 14.5% (+1: 0.5%). BBC Two came third with 7.4%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.8% (+1: 0.8%) and Channel 5 with 5.6%.

Elsewhere, White Van Man amused 839k (5.5%) on BBC Three from 10.30pm. Katie, the new reality TV show starring Katie Price, attracted 275k (1.1%) to Sky Living in the 9pm hour.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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