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John Bishop beats Ronnie Corbett in battle of 'Britain'

John Bishop promotes and signs copies of his new DVD at HMV, Liverpool


John Bishop's Britain showed its resilience against tough ITV competition last night, according to the latest overnight data.

Bishop's stand-up show, airing between 9.20pm and 9.50pm, climbed 300k week-on-week to an average of 4.09m (19.8%) for BBC One.

Ronnie Corbett's Comedy Britain, despite being heavily publicised all week, amused just 3.09m (14.9%) in the 9pm hour, adding a further 218k on ITV1 +1.

With the likes of John Cleese, Matt Lucas, Miranda Hart and Stephen Merchant all making contributions, what renders the two-part show's low ratings all the more surprising is the strong lead-in from the channel's screening of the fourth Harry Potter film.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire pulled in a highly respectable 5.33m (27.5%) between 6.10pm and 9pm (+1: 546k), ahead of Tonight's The Night's 3.56m (19.2%) at 6.40pm, The National Lottery: In It To Win It's 4.85m (23.6%) and Casualty's 5.23m (24.4%) for BBC One.

Channel 4's showing of The Battle of Britain interested 1.31m (6.6%) between 6.30pm and 9pm (+1: 155k), then 1.1m (5.3%) tuned in for Camelot. Watchmen, the movie based on Alan Moore's graphic novel, secured 1.1m (9.2%) from 10pm.

Over on BBC Two, Dad's Army roused 1.61m (8.2%) at 7.30pm, after which The Impressionists and Proms coverage interested 881k (4.1%) and 725k (3.7%).

Meanwhile, Law & Order (7.30pm), CSI: NY (8.30pm) and Law & Order: SVU (9.15pm) brought in audiences of 513k (2.6%), 756k (3.5%) and 1.37m (6.8%).

Overall, BBC One beat ITV1 in primetime with 20.8% against 20.1% (+1: 2.2%). Channel 4 claimed third place with 6.9% (+1: 0.6%), followed by BBC Two's 4.9% and Channel 5's 4.2%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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