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British Comedy Awards amuses 1.7m on C4

By
Miranda Hart

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The 2011 British Comedy Awards helped Channel 4 launch itself into third place in the Friday night ratings, trailing only ITV1 and BBC One.

The show, which saw wins for Shooting Stars, Miranda Hart, Stewart Lee and Sarah Millican, attracted 1.68m (5.2%) viewers from 9pm, peaking with 2.27m (11%) at 10pm. A further 151k (1%) watched an hour later.

Earlier on Channel 4, Come Dine With Me pulled in its usual rating of 1.04m (4.6%), as well as 179k (0.8%) on +1.

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Wild Britain with Ray Mears drummed up 3.01m (13.5%) for ITV1, while The Big Quiz: Corrie Versus Emmerdale took 5.07m (31.4%) from 9pm. An additional 217k (1.2%) chose to watch the channel's flagship soaps going head-to-head an hour later.

On BBC One, The Two Ronnies Sketchbook took 3.1m (13.7%) at 8.30pm before Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo scored 5.18m (22.5%) and 3.63m (16.3%) respectively.

Mastermind intrigued 1.82m (8.2%) at 8pm on BBC Two, but the cookery shows that followed diminished the broadcaster's audience. Masterchef: The Professionals held on to 1.31m (5.8%) and Stuffed: The Great British Christmas Dinner earned 1.21m (5.3%).

Ice Road Truckers did well for Channel 5, grabbing 1.21m (5.3%). A screening of '90s blockbuster Speed was enough of a thrill for 1.2m (6.1%).

Overall, ITV1 won primetime on 23.7%, followed by BBC One's 20.7%. Channel 4, BBC Two and Channel 5 averaged out at 5.8%, 5.5% and 4.5% respectively.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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