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'Big Bang Theory' tops 'Celebrity Juice' in Thursday ratings

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The Big Bang Theory topped the multichannel ratings on Thursday night (December 6), fending off the return of Celebrity Juice.

The American sitcom soared to 1.37 million (a 5.8% share) at 8pm, gaining 100,000 viewers on last week's show, while Juice's Little Mix special entertained 1.34m (7.6%) and 184k on timeshift.

The cast of 'The Big Bang Theory'

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Elsewhere on the multichannels, ITV4's Europa League football averaged 1.25m (6%), David Attenborough's First Life interested 674k (2.9%), and Russell Howard's Good News amused 662k (2.9%) on BBC Three.

Over on BBC One, Young Apprentice climbed to 3.28m (14%) in the 8pm hour, after which Who Do You Think You Are? with John Bishop entertained 4.84m (21.7%).

Richard Madeley
Meanwhile, a new ITV factual series fronted by Richard Madeley - Meet the Squatters - opened with just 2.42m (10.8%) and 115k on ITV1 +1.

Channel 4's screening of Kirstie's Vintage Home managed 1.26m (5.4%) at 8pm (+1: 149k), then Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club served up 1.43m (6.4%) at 9pm (+1: 168k).

MasterChef: The Professionals (2.68m/11.5%) and Great Continental Railway Journeys aired on BBC Two, while World's Strongest Man (816k/3.5%) and Cowboy Builders (885k/4%) anchored Channel 5's schedule.

Overall, BBC One topped primetime with 20.9%, ahead of ITV1's 16.4% (+1: 0.5%). BBC Two earned third place with 7.4%, beating Channel 4's 4.8% (+1: 0.7%), and Channel 5's 3.7% (+1: 0.2%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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