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'Paul O'Grady Live' returns with 3.9m

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Paul O Grady

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Paul O'Grady Live returned to ITV1 with a fairly modest audience last night, early viewing figures show.

The light-hearted chatshow, featuring guests Amanda Holden and John Cleese, pulled in 3.91 million (17.3%) in the 9pm hour, adding 170k on +1.

Paul O'Grady was beaten by Have I Got News For You, which climbed to 4.83m (20.9%) for BBC One, a 340k rise on last week's opener.

Following Have I Got News For You, a repeat of QI interested 3.47m (15.6%), and 3.11m (21.6%) watched The Graham Norton Show from 10.35pm.

Facing a climactic EastEnders episode watched by 10.4m, Baboons with Bill Bailey managed 2.62m (11%) at 8pm and 109k on timeshift. At 8pm, BBC One's A Question of Sport scored 3.33m (14.2%).

Over on BBC Two, the Mastermind grand final appealed to 2.09m (9.1%) at 7.30pm, then Gardeners' World mustered 2.14m (9.1%). At 9pm, Monty Don's Italian Gardens opened with 1.47m (6.5%), and 1.62m (8.3%) tuned in for Frank Skinner's Opinionated at 10pm.

Elsewhere, A Place In The Sun delivered 949k (4%) to Channel 4 in the 8pm hour and 132k on +1, after which Embarrassing Bodies: Back To The Clinic was seen by 1.71m (7.5%) and 279k (1.1%).

Meanwhile, Channel 5's Ice Road Truckers continued with 909k (3.8%), before US dramas The Mentalist and Law & Order notched up 1.72m (7.6%) and 982k (5.4%).

Overall, ITV1 led BBC One in primetime with 21.8% (+1: 0.5%) to 21.3%. BBC Two claimed third place with 7.6%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.3% (+1: 0.7%), and Channel 5 with 4.5%.

Outside of primetime, The Weakest Link on BBC One tied with BBC Two's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, both grabbing 1.81m (13.3%) in a closely-fought 5pm teatime battle. At the same time, Britain's Best Dish had 1.66m (12.8%) for ITV1, while 898k (6.9%) watched Fern on Channel 4.

> Read our roundup of Friday's multichannel shows

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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