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'71 Degrees North' stumbles back with just 2.3m

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ITV's icy reality show 71 Degrees North failed to scale the heights when it returned on Tuesday evening, only just beating a new Hairy Bikers series, overnight data has revealed.

71 Degrees North, featuring celebrities such as Martin Kemp, Amy Williams and Brook Kinsella taking on challenges in Arctic conditions, averaged 2.28m (9.6%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour and 158k (0.9%) on +1.

The show just outperformed new series Hairy Bikers' Meals On Wheels, which had 2.24m (9.5%) on BBC Two, but was trounced by The Body Farm's 5.25m (22.2%) on BBC One.

Elsewhere, Mayday Mayday fetched 2.66m (12.4%) on ITV1 from 7.30pm. New show Missing Millions launched with 2.71m (11.9%) on ITV in the 8pm hour and 153k (0.6%) on +1, but lost out to Holby City's 4.9m (21.4%) on BBC One. The Bomb Squad grabbed 1.92m (16.2%) on BBC One from 10.45pm.

BBC Two's repeat of Dragons' Den took 1.34m (6.4%) in the 7pm hour, before The Great British Bakeoff served up 3.47m (15.2%) in the 8pm slot. Never Mind The Buzzcocks appealed to 1.18m (6.2%) from 10pm.

Inside Nature's Giants attracted 1.05m (4.6%) to Channel 4 from 8pm and 186k (0.8%) on +1. Observation documentary Seven Dwarves averaged 1.33m (5.6%) in the 9pm hour, and 294k (1.7%) an hour later, before new Shameless continued with 1.36m (8.1%) from 10pm and 202k (2.3%) on timeshift.

Chinese Food In Minutes served up 513k (2.4%) from 7.30pm. Mysteries of the Vampire Skeletons: Revealed spooked 1.12m (4.9%) in the 8pm slot, before CSI: Miami had 1.63m (6.9%) from 9pm. Big Brother attracted 1.37m (8%) in the 10pm hour.

Overall, BBC One won primetime with 23.6%, ahead of ITV1's modest 12.6% (+1: 0.5%). BBC Two came next with 9.5%, followed by Channel 4's 5.2% (+1: 0.9%) and Channel 5's 5.1%.

Elsewhere, Don't Tell The Bride engaged 896k (3.8%) on BBC Three from 9pm, and Elijah Wood's comedy Wilfred amused 468k (3%) from 10.30pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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