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Channel 4's comedy night sees audience spike

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Alan Carr: Chatty Man

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Channel 4's Friday comedy night found more viewers than usual yesterday, according to the latest overnight data.

Jimmy Carr's 8 Out of 10 Cats amused 1.52m (7.1%) at 9pm (+1: 282k) and Claudia Winkleman's King of... entertained 961k (4.5%) at 9.30pm (+1: 111k). A further 1.56m (8.4%) tuned in for Alan Carr's chatshow Chatty
Man
at 10pm (+1: 176k), which featured Chris
Moyles, Eddie Izzard and Professor Brian Cox.

Every primetime Channel 4 show rose week-on-week, as Come Dine with Me also held up between 8pm and 9pm, with 1.17m (5.5%) and an impressive 399k on timeshift.

Behind the broadcaster in primetime this week, Channel 5's Danger: Diggers at Work, Castle and Law and Order grabbed respective audiences of 1.03m (4.8%), 1.28m (6%) and 1.09m (5.8%).

Over on ITV1, Love Your Garden dropped to 2.9m (13.8%) at 8pm (+1: 131k), after which Paul O'Grady Live dazzled 3.26m (15.4%) in the 9pm hour (+1: 116k). Gardeners' World and DEC Appeal interested 1.91m (9%) and 1.54m (7.2%).

The Kennedys interested 1.41m (6.9%) at 10pm, and Steve Coogan's News of the World-inspired outburst on Newsnight was seen by 1.04m (6.7%) from 10.30pm.

Back in its normal slot after two weeks, a half-hour One Show interested 3.62m (19.6%) at 7pm, before new series The Good Cook opened with just 2.57m (12.9%) and A Question of Sport quizzed 2.44m (11.3%) at 8.30pm.

On BBC One, 3.62m (17%) watched My Family at 9pm - a 690k loss of viewers week-on-week. At 9.30pm, a Miranda repeat took 3.33m (15.7%) and The Graham Norton Show mustered 3.06m (20.4%) from 10.35pm.

Overall, ITV1 reclaimed its primetime lead with 21.5%, a little ahead of BBC One's 18.4%. BBC Two claimed third place with 7.2%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.5% (+1: 1.1%) and Channel 5 with 4.5%.

2007 action movie Flight of Fury boosted 5 USA, with a hefty multichannel audience of 679k (3.4%) from 9pm. ITV3's Taggart drew 828k (3.9%) over a similar time period.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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