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Ant & Dec's 'Saturday Night Takeaway' beats 'Let's Dance' final

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway topped ratings with an impressive audience last night, early viewing figures indicate.

The Geordie duo's ITV format, which took a three-year hiatus until returning last month, averaged 6.48 million, a 29.6% share of the available audience between 7pm and 8.30pm - adding 255,000 on +1.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Sat 23 Feb


Ant & Dec

Antony Cotton wins Let's Dance For Comic Relief


'Let's Dance for Comic Relief'

The Let's Dance for Comic Relief final, won by Coronation Street's Antony Cotton, pulled in 4.55m (20.5%) in exactly the same time slot - its lowest ever audience for a series climax.

Saturday Night Takeaway, meanwhile, looks set to be recommissioned by ITV after the show has far exceeded the target set by Ant & Dec's previous format Push the Button.

Elsewhere in ITV's schedule, You've Been Framed entertained 3.41m (17.4%) before Takeaway, while 4.02m (17.7%) watched The Cube at 8.30pm (+1: 274k), and The Jonathan Ross Show capped a fine night for the commercial broadcaster with 3m (13.9%).

However, BBC One still found the edge to defeat its old rival with In It to Win It and Casualty posting slot-winning audiences of 4.91m (21.6%) and 4.89m (22.4%) after Let's Dance.

Dale Winton hosting 'In it to win it'


Dale Winton hosting 'In it to win it'

Casualty logo


'Casualty' credits

Over on BBC Two, film Made in Dagenham took an impressive 2.29m (10.9%) from 9pm, prior to which a classic Dad's Army amused 2m (8.9%).

Meanwhile, Channel 4's movie Skyline could only muster 847k (4%) but added 211k on timeshift, and US drama Law & Order: SVU grabbed 884k (4.7%) in Channel 5's 10pm slot.

A Foyle's War repeat commanded 1.1m (4.9%) for ITV3 between 9pm and 11pm, meaning the digital channel elevated itself to the fourth most-watched in primetime.

Overall, BBC One led primetime with 21.1%, beating ITV's 19.6% (+1: 1.1%), BBC Two's 8.4%, ITV3's 4.1%, Channel 4's 3.6% (+1: 0.7%), and 5's 3.2%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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