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Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' back above 1 million

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Ricky Gervais's Derek was back above 1 million viewers on Wednesday night (February 27), and a new episode of The Only Way Is Essex pulled in over 800k, according to the latest audience data.

The Channel 4 comedy starring Gervais and Karl Pilkington rallied to 1.12m (6%) at 10pm on Wednesday and 123k (1.3%) on +1. This followed the show's slump to 930k the previous week due to competition with the Brits.

Documentary The Making of Derek was seen by 650k (4.5%) on Channel 4 from 10.30pm.

'Derek' S02E01: Ricky Gervais

© Channel 4



Earlier on Channel 4, Obsessive Compulsive Hoarders entertained 2.05m (9.5%) from 8pm and 295k (1.3%) on +1. One Born Every Minute delighted 2m (8.8%) from 9pm and 383k (2.3%) on timeshift.

On ITV2, the second episode of series eight of reality TV series The Only Way Is Essex was seen by 769k (4.4%) from 10pm, with an additional 108k (1.2%) tuning in on +1.

Another strong performer on the multichannels was People Like Us, with the 'real reality' show enthralling 746k (3.3%) on BBC Three from 9pm.

The Only Way Is Essex - Series Eight

The Only Way Is Essex - Series Eight



In a pretty subdued night for TV ratings, BBC One's Holiday Hit Squad booked in 3.84m (17.7%) in the 8pm hour, beating Food Glorious Food on ITV, which had 2.64m (12.2%) and 102k (0.4%) on +1.

Child of Our Time grabbed 3.56m (15.6%) on BBC One from 9pm, but ITV's Lightfields performed slightly better, with an average audience of 3.66m (16%) and 215k (1.3%) on +1.

From Romania with Love, a series following three Romanian youngsters adopted by British families, was seen by 1.03m (9%) on ITV from 10.45pm, while A Question of Sport quizzed 2.02m on BBC One.

In a food-focused evening on BBC Two, Great British Menu continued with 1.59m (7.2%) from 7.30pm, and 120k (0.5%) on BBC HD, before Hairy Bikers Everyday Gourmets appealed to 1.96m (9.1%) from 8pm.

MasterChef: The Professionals was consumed by 1.35m (5.9%) in the 9pm hour and 102k (0.4%) on BBC HD. The Culture Show then grabbed 590k (3.1%) from 10pm.

Over at Channel 5, NCIS gained 1.44m (6.3%) from 9pm, and then Law & Order: SVU thrilled 791k (4.6%) from 10pm.

In primetime, ITV just edged out BBC One, with 18.8% (including HD) over 18.1%. BBC Two and Channel 4 tied for third place, both with 6.7%, and Channel 5 came next with 4.7%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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