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Stephen Fry's 'Ocean Giants' makes a splash with 5.4m

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BBC nature series Ocean Giants launched with 5.45m on Sunday night, while Stephen Poliakoff's Glorious 39 premiered on BBC Two with 2.6m, the latest audience data has revealed.

Ocean Giants, the Stephen Fry-narrated mini-series on the undersea world of whales and dolphins, averaged 5.45m (22.7%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour, easily outperforming Law & Order: UK's 3.91m (16.3%) on ITV1 and 215k (1.1%) on +1.

BBC Two's screening of Glorious 39, a suspense thriller starring Bill Nighy and Romola Garai, was watched by 2.43m between 9pm and 11pm, while 194k (0.9%) tuned in on BBC HD.

Top Gear revved up 1.86m (9.6%) in the 7pm hour and 162k (0.8%) in HD, before business reality TV show Dragons' Den slumped to 2.96m, down 780k week-on-week. An additional 311k (1.4%) caught the show on BBC HD.

Britain's Hidden Heritage appealed to 4.87m (25.3%) on BBC One in the 7pm hour, before Countryfile commanded 6.3m (27.5%) from 8pm. A rerun of Joanna Lumley's Nile entertained 1.59m (8.3%) on ITV1 in the 7pm hour, before Born To Shine entertained 1.81m (7.9%) from 8pm.

A screening of Iron Man attracted 2m (9.8%) to Channel 4 from 6.45pm and 370k (1.6%) on +1. New series Streetdance launched with 910k (4%) from 9pm and 129k (0.8%) on timeshift.

On Channel 5, The True Story pulled in 678k (3%) in the 8pm hour and a showing of 300 mustered 1.24m (6%) between 9pm and 11.15pm.

Overall, BBC One owned primetime with 24.2% against BBC Two's 11.5%. ITV1 ranked in third with just 10.1% (+1: 0.5%), followed by Channel 4 with 6.9% (+1: 0.7%) and Channel 5 with 4.3%.

On the multi-channels, Don't Tell The Bride attracted 476k (2.1%) on BBC Three from 8pm, before Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum returned with 663k (2.8%) from 9pm. The Inbetweeners: Top Ten Moments was seen by 577k (3.1%) on E4 in the 10pm hour and 241% (2.4%) on +1.

Earlier in the day, the first Ford Super Sunday of the new English Premier League season pulled in 1.44m (14.3%) and 1.84m (13.8%) respectively on Sky Sports 1 between 1pm and 6.30pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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