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'Pointless', 'The Chase' neck-and-neck in teatime ratings

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Pointless and The Chase's ratings battle intensified when both pulled in near-identical audiences yesterday (September 26).

Wednesday's 5pm game show battle saw BBC One's Pointless average 2.27 million (16.2%) between 5.15pm and 6pm, and ITV1's The Chase hold 2.44m (18.6%) across the 5pm hour.

Hosted by Alexander Armstrong and starring Richard Osman, Pointless's audience peaked with over 3m in the last few minutes, while The Chase retained a fairly steady viewership throughout its air time.

Alexander Armstrong from BBC's 'Pointless'

© BBC

The Chase, Keith Duffy, Bradley Walsh

© ITV



The Chase, which added a further 178k (1%) on ITV1 +1, was clearly ahead of Pointless last week.

Meanwhile in Channel 4's food hour, Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course served up just 865k (7.3%) at 5pm (+1: 172k/1%), after which 1.1m (7.6%) watched Come Dine with Me at 5.30pm (+1: 237k/1.3%).

Later in the evening, Watchdog claimed another win over All Star Mr & Mrs, with 4.87m (22.4%) for BBC One versus 3.69m (16.9%) for ITV (+1: 159k/0.7%).

Then at 9pm, Bill Roache's appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? mustered 4.33m (18.7%) for BBC One, edging Mrs Biggs which took 3.92m (17%) and 287k (1.8%) on timeshift.

Bill Roache, Coronation Street

© Rex Features / ITV/Rex Features

Mrs Biggs: Sheridan Smith as Chairmain Biggs and Daniel Mays as Ronnie Biggs

© ITV



Grand Designs continued to get the better of Channel 5's Dallas - Kevin McCloud's long-running Channel 4 series interested 2.27m (9.8%) as well as 328k (2%) on +1, while Dallas had 1.42m (6.1%) and 141k (1.3%) on timeshift.

BBC Two's funeral documentary Dead Good Job rallied to 1.22m (5.2%), but finished in bottom place among the terrestrial channels in the hour.

Antiques to the Rescue salvaged Two's night in the 8pm slot, managing 1.86m (8.5%). Food Hospital logged 1.02m (4.7%) on Channel 4 (+1: 157k/0.7%), and 875k (4%) caught Emergency Bikers on 5.

Overall, BBC One just about led the way with 20.3% in primetime, pipping ITV1's 20% (+1: 0.9%). Channel 4 claimed third place with 6.7% (+1: 1%), slightly above BBC Two's 6.5%, and comfortably clear of Channel 5's 3.9% (+1: 0.3%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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