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BBC One triumphs with Wimbledon coverage

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BBC One's early evening Friday schedule was significantly boosted by Wimbledon, early viewing figures indicate.

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal's nailbiting semi-final Wimbledon clash averaged 6.09m (44.1%) between 1.45pm and 8pm, peaking with 9.29m (42.1%) as Nadal finished Murray off in a four-set battle.

The BBC's regional news slotted in at the later time of 8.30pm on BBC One, attracting around 2.98m (14.2%), around half of the bulletin's normal audience when shown at 6.30pm. At 9pm, My Family continued with 4.31m (20.9%), and a repeat of Miranda had 3.63m (17.9%) at 9.30pm. The Graham Norton Show dazzled 3.4m (24%) at 10.35pm.

Shunted onto BBC Two, The One Show tumbled to another all-time low of 1.33m (6.3%) for its hour-long edition, then only 971k (4.6%) stuck around for Today at Wimbledon, and a double-bill of The Kennedys fetched 1.32m (6.4%) and 1.25m (6.5%) from 9pm.

Love Your Garden performed fairly respectably against the most-watched broadcast of the day, EastEnders, with a steady 3.26m (15.5%), adding a further 166k on ITV1 +1. Paul O'Grady Live entertained 2.93m (14.3%) at 9pm (+1: 119k).

Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers fuelled a successful evening for Channel 5, delivering 1.41m (6.7%) at 8pm, ahead of Come Dine with Me's 1.08m (5.1%) for Channel 4 (+1: 341k), then 1.28m (6.3%) watched Castle at 9pm.

Meanwhile, 8 Out of 10 Cats amused 1.39m (6.7%) at 9pm (+1: 334k) on C4, before Claudia Winkleman's King of... grabbed 823k (4.1%) at 9.30pm (+1: 138k), and Alan Carr: Chatty Man interested 1.3m (7.5%) at 10pm (+1: 260k), beating Law & Order's 997k (5.6%) for C5.

Overall, BBC One held its primetime lead with 26.6%, ahead of ITV1's 19.3% (+1: 0.7%), BBC Two's 5.6%, Channel 4's 4.8% (+1: 1%), and Channel 5's 4.9%.

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