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Rolf Harris's new 'Animal Clinic' show a hit for Channel 5

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Rolf Harris's first UK series in eight years, Animal Clinic, premiered with high viewing figures for Channel 5 on Tuesday (October 23).

The 82-year-old Australian legend's new project performed way over the network's usual Tuesday 9pm output with 1.5 million (a 6.3% share), while a further 117,000 caught up on Channel 5 +1.

Rolf Harris - Animal Clinic


After Rolf on 5, Body of Proof made its UK return with 1.36m (5.7%) in the 10pm hour, a slightly greater audience than Person of Interest the week before.

Channel 4's Jewish Mum of the Year plummeted to 839k (3.5%) at 9pm (+1: 172k), after which Fresh Meat sunk to 678k (4%) at 10pm (+1: 140k). Pre-watershed documentary George Clarke's Amazing Spaces was the Jay Hunt-led broadcaster's most popular broadcast of the evening, attracting 1.61m (6.8%) from 8pm (+1: 255k).

A Great British Bake Off retrospective earned BBC Two an impressive 2.73m (11.4%) at 8pm - this year's finale peaked with a huge 7.2m.

Great British Bake Off 2012 contestants: Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

© BBC / Love Productions

Champions League trophy

© Rex Features



Elsewhere, ITV's full coverage of an entertaining Champions League football tie involving Manchester United scored 4.5m (19.1%) between 7.30pm and 10pm, while The Paradise remained fairly stable with 4.9m (20.5%) for BBC One.

Overall, BBC One defeated ITV1 in primetime with 22.6% versus 18.9% (+1: 0.3%). BBC Two cruised into third place with 7.8%, ahead of Channel 5's 4.8% (+1: 0.3%), and Channel 4's 4.4% (+1: 0.7%).

BBC Three rather dominated the digital ratings as its programming filled all top six spaces on the multichannel league table, with Don't Tell the Bride (1.06m/4.4%) soaring over the magic million mark, and Cuckoo (777k/4.1%) recovering from a previous lull.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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