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'Miranda', 'Mrs Brown's Boys' take New Year's Day honours

Miranda and Mrs Brown's Boys continued to produce brilliant ratings for the channel on New Year's Day.

The Miranda Hart show pulled in 9.04 million (32.5%) at 9pm and Brendan O'Carroll's Irish comedy amused 8.1m (29.8%), down slightly on their highly-rated Boxing Day outings.

Miranda, Boxing Day


Mrs Brown

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The BBC One studio sitcoms achieved almost triple the audience of ITV's music special Gary Barlow and Friends, which attracted 3.03m (11.3%) between 9pm and 10.15pm and 460,000 on +1.

BBC Two's showing of Nature's Weirdest Events (2.96m/10.7%) helped it gain an unexpected 8pm lead over Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (2.92m/10.5%) on ITV1 (+1: 253k).

Queen Victoria's Children, BBC Two's 9pm documentary, managed a decent 2.44m (8.8%) before Charlie Brooker's 2012 Wipe picked up 1.29m (6.2%).

Elsewhere, Channel 4's screening of film Robin Hood took 2.39m (11.2%) from 9pm (+1: 303k), while Channel 5 managed strong figures for World's Strongest Man (1.65m/5.9%) at 8pm and 50 Shocking Facts about Diet and Exercise (1.49m/6.3%) at 9pm (+1: 117k).

Earlier in the evening, Disney's family film Up made its terrestrial premiere on BBC One with 7.19m (27.5%), securing a big primetime win for the channel.

Overall, BBC One's average of 29.2% was nearly triple ITV's 10.3% (+1: 1.2%) across primetime, while BBC Two beat Channel 4 to third place with 7.8% versus 7.3% (+1: 0.6%). Five followed with 6.1% (+1: 0.4%).

On the multichannels, Sky Sports 1's darts coverage averaged 1.2m (4.7%) between 8pm and 11pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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