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'Frozen Planet' premiere delights 6.8m

Frozen Planet


Frozen Planet premiered with an impressive 6.8m on Wednesday evening, while BBC Three's The Fades ended modestly, according to the latest audience data.

Frozen Planet, the new David Attenborough-fronted series exploring the polar regions of the Earth, was enjoyed by 6.82m (27.4%) on BBC One in the 9pm hour.

The natural history show performed well against tough competition from new Midsomer Murders episode 'A Sacred Trust', which was seen by 5.52m (22.7%) on ITV1 between 7.30pm and 10pm, and 285k (1.3%) on +1.

The final episode of series one of BBC Three's horror drama The Fades unfortunately lacked a bit of bite, pulling in just 450k (1.6%) in the 9pm hour (including HD).

Also on the multi-channels, series three of The Only Way Is Essex continued to perform on ITV2, dazzling 967k (5%) from 10pm. Before on the channel, new series Peter Andre: My Life launched with 636k (2.6%).

Back on the terrestrials, The Impressions Show amused 2.95m (12.5%) and Ask Rhod Gilbert brought in 1.96m (15%) from 10.45pm.

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip appealed to 2.5m (11.2%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour, before Great British Food Revival served up 2.19m (9.4%) from 8pm. Secret Pakistan had 1.06m (4.2%) from 9pm and Rab C Nesbitt amused 1.4m (6.9%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's Kirstie's Handmade Britain located 1.68m (7.2%) in the 8pm hour and 175k (0.7%) on +1. Grand Designs constructed 2.24m (9%) from 9pm and 445k (2.5%) on timeshift. Fresh Meat continued with 810k (4.4%) from 10pm and 126k (1.3%) an hour later.

Highland Emergency took 662k (1.8%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before Dangerous Drivers' School educated 1.43m (5.9%) in the 8pm slot. Paul Merton's Adventures had 952k (3.8%) from 9pm, down by almost half on its audience last week.

Big Brother continued on Channel 5 with 1.43m (7.9%) in the 10pm hour, and Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 678k (6.9%) on 5* from 11pm.

Overall, ITV1 edged primetime with 22.4% (+1: 1%) against BBC One's 20.3%. BBC Two came in third with 7.8%, ahead of Channel 4's 6.1% (+1: 1%), followed by BBC Two with 7% and Channel 5's 4.6%.

Elsewhere, Severence captivated 435k (2.7%) on BBC Three from 8pm and George Baker - Wexford and Me enthralled 561k (2.5%) on ITV3 from 10pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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