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'Pointless Celebrities' makes decent start, beats 'Family Fortunes'

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Alexander Armstrong from BBC's 'Pointless'

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Pointless Celebrities made a winning start to Saturday nights, early overnight data indicates.

The BBC One teatime quiz show entertained 4.68m (21.6%) at 6.15pm, overpowering All Star Family Fortunes which entertained 4.05m (17.1%) for ITV1 (+1: 161k/0.7%).

You've Been Framed climbed to to 4.37m (19.7%) at 7.05pm (+1: 115k/0.5%), then Harry Hill's TV Burp soared to 4.62m (20.4%) from 7.35pm (+1: 140/0.6%).

But neither was able to make much ground on Let's Dance for Sport Relief, which continued with 5.56m (24.7%) for BBC One.

The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins (5.22m/22.6%) and Casualty (5.12m/23.7%) followed with solid ratings for the channel.

Dating hit Take Me Out mustered 4.99m (21.7%) from 8pm (+1: 271k/1.2%), and managed 735k (3.4%) for ITV2's The Gossip at 9.15pm.

Jonathan Ross at the BAFTAs
Back on ITV1, 2.91m (13.6%) watched The Jonathan Ross Show (+1: 279k/1.7%) for guests Amir Khan, Sean Bean and JLS.

Drama imports helped Channel 5 to a good night, with impressive ratings from NCIS (1.53m/6.6%), CSI (1.29m/5.6%) and CSI: NY (1.6m/9%).

Meanwhile, BBC Two's Story of Light Entertainment kicked off with 1.64m (7.3%) at 7.20pm, then 1.43m (6.2%) tuned in for The Story of Musicals, and I'm in a Boyband premiered with 1.12m (5.2%) at 9.20pm.

Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings catch-up appealed to 1.17m (5.1%) at 8.20pm (+1: 1.6%), after which George Lamb's The Bank Job logged 1.09m (5.1%) until 10.20pm (+1: 155k/0.6%).

Overall, BBC One brushed aside ITV1 in primetime with 23.4% against 17.1% (+1: 1%). BBC Two edged Channel 5 into third place with 6.3% versus 6.2%, while Channel 4 trailed with 5.4% (+1: 1.1%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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