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Gabriel Byrne's 'Secret State' sheds viewers on Channel 4

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Channel 4's mini-series Secret State lost a sizeable chunk of its audience last night (Wednesday, November 14), early overnight data indicates.

The Gabriel Byrne political thriller's second episode drew 865,000 (5.4%) at 10pm, down from the 1.05 million (6.6%) for its premiere last week.

Secret State (Season 1, Episode 1): Gabriel Byrne as Tom Dawkins

© Channel 4



BBC Two's second series of The Hour began with 1.34m (6.1%), not only a far cry from the premiere rating of its first run last July, but its lowest ever audience.

MasterChef: The Professionals (2.55m/11.2%) continued its rich vein of form in the 8pm hour, while DIY SOS returned with 3.89m (17.1%) on BBC One.

With I'm a Celebrity making way for international football, ITV's coverage of England v Sweden between 6.45pm and 9.45pm scored 5.01m (23.1%).

However, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! still aired on ITV2, benefiting from the absence of its main show counterpart by posting a series high of 939k (5.9%) at 10pm (+1: 122k).

I'm A Celebrity ITV2 presenters Joe Swash, Laura Whitmore and Rob Beckett

© ITV



The I'm a Celebrity spinoff was the second-most-watched multichannel broadcast of the day, losing out to an explosive 'first look' episode of Hollyoaks on E4.

Meanwhile, BBC One's 9pm offering of Brazil with Michael Palin logged 3.53m (16%), 2.41m (19.1%) watched Grand Designs on Channel 4 (+1: 302k), and Channel 5's film screening of Erin Brockovich attracted 1.23m (7.3%).

Overall, ITV1 beat BBC One in primetime with 19.4% (+1: 0.5%) versus 18.5%. BBC Two outran Channel 4 to third place with 7.4% against 6.3% (+1: 1.1%), while Channel 5 had 4.7% (+1: 0.2%) in last place.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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