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'Only Connect' tops Monday multichannel ratings

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BBC Four's Only Connect was Monday's (September 24) most-watched multichannel broadcast.

Airing at 8.30pm, 809k (3.2%) watched the quiz show's latest instalment, picking up nearly 100,000 viewers week-on-week.

Fronted by David Mitchell's wife Victoria Coren, the programme has steadily grown since its 2008 debut into one of the channel's biggest shows.

Victoria Coren

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Only Connect's nearest rival was E4's Hollyoaks first look, which was watched by 631k.

Both New Tricks (7.52 million/30.7%) on BBC One and ITV1's Leaving rose, the latter logging 3.73m (15.2%) and 290k (1.7%) on +1.

Elsewhere on BBC One, Panorama interested 3.02m (12%) at 8.30pm, while Citizen Khan amused 2.8m (19.7%) later from 10.35pm.

Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs continued to go from strength to strength, attracting 4.74m (19.4%) in the 8pm junction between Coronation Street's double bill on ITV1. The show added 381k (1.5%) on timeshift.

Paul O'Grady: For the love of dogs, ITV, Mon 3 Sep

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Nigella Laweson signs copies of her book 'Kitchen' in Waterstones

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University Challenge managed 2.83m (11.3%) for BBC Two at 8pm, then Nigella Lawson's new series Nigellissima took 2.61m (10.4%) at 8.30pm.

Channel 4's 999: What's Your Emergency? drew 1.79m (7.3%) at 9pm (+1: 466k/2.7%), prior to which Food Unwrapped served up 1.62m (6.5%) at 8.30pm (+1: 125k/0.5%).

Meanwhile, Classic Car Rescue had 1.02m (4.1%) on Channel 5 in the 8pm slot, the broadcaster's only offering to break the 1m mark.

Overall, BBC One led primetime with 23.7%, ahead of ITV1's 21.7% (+1: 0.9%). BBC Two claimed third place with 7.1%, ahead of Channel 4's 5.8% (+1: 1%), and Channel 5's 3.2% (+1: 0.2%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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