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Prince Harry's BBC Three Afghanistan show attracts 900,000

Prince Harry's BBC Three Afghanistan documentary was the most-watched multichannel offering last night (January 28).

One-off show Frontline Afghanistan, airing in the 9pm hour, averaged a decent 883,000 (3.4%).

Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.
Issue date: Monday January 21, 2013. See PA story DEFENCE Harry. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

© PA Images / John Stillwell/PA Wire

The royal helped BBC Three to beat Channel 5 in the slot, as the new Rory Bremner and Will Mellor format Champions of the World could only muster 597k (2.3%).

BBC One's popular comedy double act of Miranda and Mrs Brown's Boys dominated the hour, pulling in respective audiences of 7.01m (27.1%) and 7.09m (27.9%).

Meanwhile, Lewis climbed to 6.1m (23.8%) for ITV (+1: 447,000), 1.47m (5.7%) watched Embarrassing Fat Bodies on Channel 4 (+1: 367k), and BBC Two's Winter Viruses and How to Beat Them aided 1.57m (6.1%).

Kevin Whately in 'Lewis'

© Rex Features / ITV

Kevin Whately in 'Lewis'

Caroline Quentin


5 had a better time in the 8pm slot with Police Interceptors recording 1.2m (4.8%), but the programme still finished last among the terrestrials, as University Challenge managed 3.01m (12%) for BBC Two, Cornwall with Caroline Quentin interested 3.54m (14.1%) on ITV (+1: 124k).

Overall, ITV won primetime with 24.7% (+1: 1%), beating BBC One's 23.5%. BBC Two claimed third place with 7.2%, ahead of Channel 4's 4.2% (+1: 0.8%), and Channel 5's 3% (+1: 0.2%0).

Elsewhere, Revenge continued with 435k (1.7%) on E4 in the 9pm slot, adding 123k on timeshift.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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