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'Miranda', 'Mrs Brown's Boys' suffer in ratings at hands of 'Lewis'

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Miranda and Mrs Brown's Boys lost millions of viewers as they clashed with Lewis last night (January 7).

The flying BBC One comedies pulled in near identical audiences of 6.81m (25.9%) at 9pm for Miranda Hart's sitcom and 6.79m (26.3%) half-an-hour later for Brendan O'Carroll's Irish studio comedy.

Meanwhile, the seventh and potentially final series of ITV's flagship detective drama premiered with 6.26m (24%), adding a million viewers on last year's opener.

Miranda - Season 3, Episode 2:  Miranda (MIRANDA HART), Gary (TOM ELLIS)

© BBC

Kevin Whately in 'Lewis'

© Rex Features / ITV

Kevin Whately in 'Lewis'



Unlike in previous years, ITV has decided to split the stories into two hour-long parts, meaning the Kevin Whately drama will air for six weeks this year.

Elsewhere on the two main channels, Cornwall with Caroline Quentin returned with 3.9m (15.7%), while Rip-Off Britain informed 3.45m (13.7%) in BBC One's 8.30pm slot which Panorama normally fills.

What Happens in Kavos, a new factual reality format, topped Channel 4's night with 1.61m (9.3%) from 10pm (+1: 219k). Embarrassing Fat Bodies launched with 1.32m (5.1%) an hour earlier, appealing to a further 358k on +1.

Celebrity Big Brother continued with a respectable 1.91m (7.3%) on Channel 5, adding 291k an hour later on +1. The Gadget Show preceded the reality show with 781k (3.1%).

Celebrity Big Brother 2013

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Day 4: Spencer and Heidi react to the nominations

© Channel 5



University Challenge was BBC Two's best-rated broadcast with 2.98m (12%) at 8pm, while The Polar Bear Family and Me appealed to 2.29m (10.1%) later at 9.30pm.

Overall, ITV1 led primetime with 24.7% (+1: 0.8%) over BBC One's 22.4%. BBC Two earned third place with 8.1%, ahead of Channel 4's 5.1% (+1: 0.7%), and Channel 5's 4.3% (+1: 0.4%).

BBC Four's Only Connect topped the multichannels with 928k (3.7%) in its usual 8.30pm slot, beating Stacey Dooley's BBC Three show The Truth about Magaluf which had 722k (2.8%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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