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Hugh Grant's Channel 4 phone hacking doc draws 470,000

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Hugh Grant's phone hacking documentary gave Channel 4 a low audience on Wednesday night (November 28).

The Love Actually star's one-off investigation into phone hacking, in the lead-up to the publication of the Leveson report, could only muster 471,000 (1.9%) in the 8pm hour.

Actor Hugh Grant

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Channel 4 logo at Channel 4 Headquarters

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Grand Designs followed with the broadcaster's best primetime audience of 1.4 million (5.8%), before 674k (4.1%) stayed tuned for Secret State.

Still, Channel 4 managed to stay ahead of Channel 5, which had 685k (2.8%) for 8pm's The Removal Men and 891k (4.5%) for the subsequent film screening of Eraser.

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, boosted by being scheduled at 8.30pm after an hour-long edition of Coronation Street, topped the night with 8.52m (35%) and 276k (1.4%) on ITV1 +1 for a 90-minute edition which saw Hugo Taylor leave the jungle.

Meanwhile, documentaries Supersized Earth (3.82m/15.8%) and Goodnight Britain (3.17m/13%) aired on BBC One. Over on BBC Two, MasterChef: The Professionals served up a sizeable 2.64m (11%) in the 8pm slot, then The Hour climbed to 1.06m (4.4%).

Overall, ITV1 conquered BBC One in primetime with 31.2% (+1: 0.9%) against 16.7%. BBC Two claimed third place with 6.2%, cementing a comfortable lead over Channel 4's 3.5% (+1: 0.6%), and Channel 5's 3.3% (+1: 0.1%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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