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'Big Bang Theory' returns to form for E4 with 1.4m

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The Big Bang Theory was yesterday (May 17) the most-watched multichannel show of the night for the first Thursday this year with over 1.4m, the latest overnight data shows.

The US sitcom's latest episode brought in 1.18m (5.3%) for E4 and 258k (1.1%) on +1, rebounding sharply from last week's dip.

However, 2 Broke Girls - which started strongly last month - declined further to 495k (2.2%) at 9pm (+1: 495k).

Russell Howard's Good News was BBC Three's best-rated show of the night with 920k (4%) at 9pm, while 601k (2.8%) watched Tales of the Television Centre on BBC Four.

Terrestrial ratings stayed steady, as Long Lost Family grabbed 4.53m (19.8%) at 9pm (+1: 170k) to maintain its lead over BBC One's New Tricks repeat, which had 3.87m (17%).

Channel 4's The Hoarder Next Door logged 2.36m (10.3%) and 479k on timeshift, while The Restaurant Inspector picked up 639k (2.8%) for Channel 5.

Opposite ITV's soaps in the 8pm hour, Planet Earth Live gave BBC One an audience of 3.65m (16.1%), while Phil Spencer: Secret Agent interested 1.33m (5.9%) on Channel 4 (+1: 133k), and Two Greedy Italians (1.25m/5.5%) and World's Scariest Drivers (763k/3.4%) aired on BBC Two and Channel 5 respectively.

Simon Amstell's Grandma's House rallied to 698k (3.6%) at 10pm, but was behind movie Smash on Channel 5, which mustered 913k (6.6%).

Overall, ITV led primetime with 22.2% (+1: 0.7%), ahead of BBC One's 20.2%. Channel 4 claimed third place with 6.6% (+1: 1%), followed by BBC Two's 6.3%, and Channel 5's 3.7% (+1: 0.1%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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