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'Doc Martin' new series climbs to nearly 9m on ITV1

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The new series of Doc Martin again proved a ratings winner for ITV1 on Monday night, piling on around 300,000 viewers on last week's debut episode, according to overnight data.

The drama, starring Martin Clunes as Dr Martin Ellingham, averaged a healthy 8.81m (35.3%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour and 269k (1.6%) on +1, easily outperforming The Queen's Palaces's 3.14m (12.6%) on BBC One.

Bang Goes The Theory deduced 3.4m (15.2%) on BBC One from 7.30pm and Little England had 3.1m (13%) on ITV1 from 8pm. Panorama mustered 2.2m (9.1%) on BBC One from 8.30pm and A Question of Sport fetched 2.31m (16.3%) from 10.45pm.

Big Brother stayed strong on Channel 5, attracting 1.4m (8%) in the 10pm hour, before Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 543k (5.8%) from 11pm.

Elsewhere on Channel 5, Pawn Stars captivated 395k (1.8%) from 7.30pm, and Royal Navy Submarine Mission submerged 1.12m (4.6%) in the 8pm slot. Jack The Ripper: The Definitive Story interested 825k (3.3%) from 9pm.

Dispatches averaged 1.62m (6.7%) for Channel 4 from 8pm and 312k (1.3%) on +1. Embarrassing Bodies educated 1.76m (7.1%) in the 9pm slot and 367k (2.1%) on Channel 4+1. Rude Tube amused 1.38m (8.3%) from 10pm and 248k (2.8%) on timshift.

Buddha In Suburbia enthralled 800k (3.7%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour. University Challenge and Antiques Master captivated 2.58m (10.8%) and 1.62m (6.7%) respectively in the 8pm hour. Dragons' Den had 1.99m (8%) from 9pm and 186k (0.7%) on the BBC HD channel. Have I Got Old News For You amused 1.47m (7.6%) from 10pm.

Overall, ITV1 dominated primetime with 28.8% (+1: 0.6%) against BBC One's 17.7%. BBC Two scooped third with 6.8%, followed by Channel 4's 6.4% (+1: 1.1%) and Channel 5's 4%.

Elsewhere, Hell's Kitchen USA continued with 423k (1.7%) on ITV2 from 10pm and 122k (0.7%) on +1, and a screening of Goldeneye entertained 586k (5.2%) and 103k (1.7%).

Victoria Coren's Only Connect quizzed 594k (2.4%) on BBC Four from 8.30pm, before Sandhurst appealed to 614k (2.5%) from 9pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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