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Harry Blake's Big Brother eviction attracts 1.5m

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Harry Blake is Evicted
The latest eviction from the Big Brother House contributed to another strong Friday night for Channel 5, which again beat terrestrial rival Channel 4 in the primetime ratings battle.

The public choose to boot off Harry Blake in favour of Aaron Allard-Morgan, Jay Mckray and Faye Palmer, bringing in 1.48m viewers (6.4%). His interview with Brian Dowling, during which he claimed to have no regrets about causing trouble in the House, added a further 1.32m (9.5%).

The figure was down slightly from last week, when wannabe rapper Anton Murphy got the chop.

Earlier, Ice Road Truckers drove on with 1.28m (5.4%), and The Bachelor final - sandwiched between Big Brother segments - brought in 1.34m (7.0%). Later, Big Brother's Bit On The Side held on to 564k (6%).

On BBC One, A Question of Sport quizzed 2.67m (11.2%) before panel shows Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You? entertained 4.41m (18.9%) and 3.96m (17.4%) at 9pm and 9.30pm respectively. An episode of The Graham Norton Show featuring Scouse comedian John Bishop tickled 3.47m 22.0%.

Gardeners' World rattled on with 2.21m (9.5%) for BBC Two. Autumnwatch Live followed with 1.96m (8.3%) before Autumnwatch Unsprung reduced the audience further to 1.53m (6.7%).

On ITV1, Wild Britain with Ray Mears educated 2.9m (12.4%) at 8pm, and An Audience With Barry Manilow thrilled 3.51m (15.2%) of his fans from 9pm. The 'Mandy' singer also brought in 133k (0.7%) on timeshift. A screening of comedy sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason added 1.02m (8.9%) from 10.30pm.

Pete Versus Life continued to struggle on Channel 4 with 470k (2.5%), but the reliable Come Dine With Me had pulled in 1.23m (5.2%) earlier on in the evening, along with 143k (0.6%) on +1. The magic of Derren Brown enraptured 1.5m (6.5%) from 9pm, adding 323k (1.7%) on timeshift.

On the multichannels, An Idiot Abroad reigned supreme with 1.08m (4.7%) for Sky1, while The X Factor USA mustered 772k (4%) for ITV2.

Overall, ITV1 took primetime with 20.9%, closely followed by BBC One's 19.3%. BBC Two, Channel 5 and Channel 4 followed with 7.2%, 5.1% and 4.6% respectively.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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