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ITV's 'Mr Selfridge' pulls away from BBC One's 'Ripper Street' in ratings

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Mr Selfridge surpassed Ripper Street by a million viewers as the pair clashed last night.

The Sunday night dramas have been neck-and-neck for the past few weeks, but ITV's Mr Selfridge clearly won this week's battle with 5.72m (22.9%) and 418,000 on +1.

Ripper Street averaged 4.72m (18.9%) for its seventh episode, entitled 'A Man of My Company'.

Mr Selfridge, episode 2,

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Jeremy Piven in Mr Selfridge

Ripper Street - Episode 7: Frank Goodnight

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Frank Goodnight from Ripper Street



Call the Midwife topped the night with a huge 8.62m (30.4%) for BBC One in the 8pm slot, while Top Gear fell to 4.65m (16.4%), as ITV's All Star Family Fortunes and Dancing on Ice's 'Skate-Off' overtook the motoring programme with 4.97m (18.3%) and 5.09m (17.6%) respectively, adding 247k and 229k on +1.

Dancing on Ice's main performance show had 6.54m (27.7%) between 6.30pm and 7.45pm, slightly trailing Countryfile which took 6.74m (27.4%) for BBC One.

Professor Brian Cox's The Wonders of Life continued with 2.54m (10.2%) in BBC Two's 9pm slot, while Person of Interest attracted Channel 5's highest audience of 1.07m (4.8%) as well as 163k on +1, and Channel 4's The Hotel logged 1.62m (7.2%) an hour earlier at 8pm (+1: 498k).

Professor Brian Cox

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Professor Brian Cox

Taraji P Henson as Detective Carter in 'Person Of Interest'

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Taraji P Henson in Person of Interest



Overall, BBC One led primetime with 24.6%, beating ITV's 20% (+1: 1.1%). BBC Two strolled into third place with 7.9%, way ahead of Channel 4's 4% (+1: 0.9%), and 5's 3.7% (+1: 0.4%).

Elsewhere, Sky1's Got to Dance entertained 667k (2.9%), and was the third most-watched multichannel broadcast of the evening behind ITV2 films Jurassic Park (807k/3.6%) and Toy Story 2 (869k/5.9%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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