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Full TV ratings: Paralympics Opening Ceremony peaks with 11.2 million

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The Paralympics Opening Ceremony drew a gigantic audience for Channel 4 last night (Wednesday, August 29), early overnight data reveals.

The ceremony, featuring appearances from Stephen Hawking and Sir Ian McKellen, averaged 7.57 million (38.9%) between 8pm and 12.30am.

Channel 4 recorded a peak of 11.2m, the broadcaster's highest since a Big Brother final a decade ago. The broadcast added 116k (0.8%) on +1.

Meanwhile, ITV crashed to a record low in the 9pm slot, mustering just 599k (2.5%) for Britain Then and Now. Fellow documentary Super Tiny Animals had 1.35m (5.9%) an hour earlier.

BBC One fared slightly better at 8pm with The Flowerpot Gang interesting 1.7m (7.4%). Who Do You Think You Are? followed with 3.57m (14.6%).

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson during the Paralympics Games Opening Ceremony
Despite the heavier competition, BBC Two's Vexed actually grew to 915k (3.5%) at 9pm, prior to which 1.72m (7.5%) watched Restoration Home.

Celebrity Big Brother maintained a solid 1.8m (7.4%) on Channel 5, adding 155k (0.8%) on +1. John Barrowman's Dallas managed 814k (3.8%) at 10pm.

Overall, Channel 4 claimed a historic primetime victory with a share of 30.4% (+1: 0.6%). BBC One finished in the runner-up spot with 13.1%, while ITV1 had 8.4% (+1: 0.5%), BBC Two followed with 4.6%, and Channel 5 averaged 4.1% (+1: 0.2%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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