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'Midsomer Murders' returns with 5.4m on ITV1

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Series 14 of Midsomer Murders returned strongly to ITV1 on Wednesday evening, while The Only Way Is Essex continued to dazzle on ITV2, the latest audience data has revealed.

New Midsomer Murders episode, 'The Night of the Stag', averaged 5.38m (23.2%) for ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm, along with 258k (1.2%) on +1.

The crime drama proved too strong for Planet Dinosaur's 2.86m (12.5%) on BBC One from 8.30pm, and the appearance of artist Tracy Emin on Who Do You Think You Are? , which was enjoyed by 3.54m (15%) from 9pm, the lowest rating so far in the current series. Ask Rhod Gilbert pulled in 1.64m (13.3%) from 10.45pm.

Series three of The Only Way Is Essex continued with 845k (4.5%) on ITV2 from 10pm, as well as a further 132k (1.3%) on timeshift.

BBC Three's The Fades, the six-part horror drama starring Iain De Caestecker and Lily Loveless, continued with 522k (2.2%) in the 9pm hour and 81k (0.3%) on BBC HD.

A History of Ancient Britain appealed to 1.65m (7.7%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour, before All Roads Lead Home fetched 1.33m (5.9%) from 8pm. Dragons' Den had 1.09m (4.6%) from 9pm and Rab C Nesbitt amused 1.58m (8%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's Location, Location, Location located 2.67m (11.8%) in the 8pm hour and 244k (1%) on +1. Grand Designs interested 3.08m (13.1%) and on 345k (2%) on timeshift. Fresh Meat continued with 1.08m (5.9%) from 10pm and 125k (1.3%) an hour later.

Highland Emergency took 643k (2.9%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before Ultimate Emergency fetched 932k (4.1%) in the 8pm slot. Soho Blues had 1m (4.2%) from 9pm.

Big Brother continued on Channel 5 with 1.33m (7.6%) in the 10pm hour, and Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 296k (3.2%) on 5* from 11pm.

Overall, ITV1 won primetime with 22.2% (+1: 0.8%) against BBC One's 16.8%. Channel 4 came in third with 8.7% (+1: 1%), followed by BBC Two with 6.3% and Channel 5's with 4.3%.

Elsewhere, Mount Pleasant amused 450k (1.9%) on Sky1 from 9pm and a screening of Apocalypto delighted 673k (5.3%) on BBC Three from 10pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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