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Simon Cowell gameshow 'Red or Black?' launches to 6.9m

By and Liam O'Brien
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The launch of Red or Black? was seen by 6.9m viewers on Saturday night, helping ITV1 to dominate primetime ratings.

The Simon Cowell-produced gameshow, hosted by Ant and Dec and featuring a performance from Leona Lewis, debuted to 6.41m (29.8%) between 7pm and 8.15pm (+1: 196k). It returned with 6.93m (29.9%) at 9.15pm as bricklayer Nathan Hageman became the show's first millionaire.

Sandwiched between the two Red or Black? segments, The X Factor pulled in 10.51m (43.4%) from 8.15pm (+1: 560k) for its third auditions show. ITV2's The Xtra Factor attracted 740k (3.5%) for the second largest multichannel audience of the evening (+1: 192k).

The fruits of Jonathan Ross's switch to ITV interested 3.92m (19.1%) from 9.45pm, and a further 338k watched the chatshow host interview Adele, Lewis Hamilton and Sarah Jessica Parker on timeshift.

Capping off the channel's primetime offering, The Bourne Ultimatum starring Matt Damon logged 1.75m (12.3%), with 141k (1.7%) catching up an hour later.

On BBC One, Doctor Who's 'Night Terrors' averaged 5.54m (25.9%) from 7pm, with 410k (1.9%) tuning in for Doctor Who Confidential.

Casualty logged 3.85m (15.8%) from 8.30pm, while The National Lottery: Secret Fortune took 3.65m (16.4%) at 7.45pm. The last episode in the current series of John Bishop's Britain amused 3.01m (13.1%)

Celebrity Big Brother fell to a series low of 1.61m (7.8%) on Channel 5 from 9.45pm. Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side had 179k (1.3%) on 5* from 10.45pm. On Channel 4, former Big Brother presenter Davina McCall's Million Pound Drop Live returned with 1.85m (8.6%) from 9.30pm (+1: 176k).

Dads' Army enthralled 2.35m (10.9%) at 9.45pm on BBC Two, building on the performances of The Normans (1.45m; 6% at 8.15pm) and coverage of the Proms (1.89m; 9.4% at 9.15pm) earlier on.

Overall, ITV1 topped primetime with 30.3% (+1: 1.3%), beating BBC One's 16.3%. BBC Two claimed third with 8.4%, ahead of Channel 4's 5.3%, and Channel 5's 3.8%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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