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BBC One leads Friday night primetime with 'HIGNFY', 'Graham Norton'

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BBC One maintained its Friday night ratings grip outside of soaps last night (November 1), with Have I Got News For You and The Graham Norton Show securing more than a fifth of the audience.

This week's instalment of topical panel show Have I Got News For You featured Kirsty Young as guest host, alongside panelists Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Max Keiser and Tony Law. The 9pm show brought in 4.49 million viewers, with an audience share of 20.6%.

Paul Merton on Have I Got News For You

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Graham Norton

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Citizen Khan attracted 2.86m (13.9%) viewers at 9.30pm, but ultimately lost out to ITV 1's Piers Morgan's Life Stories. The Graham Norton Show returned BBC One to the top of the ratings pile with 3.59m viewers - a 26.4% share.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories with Riverdance star Michael Flatley attracted an audience of 3.82m (18%) on ITV 1. However, the channel's Friday night film, Closer, only pulled in 610,000 viewers (6.5%).

Channel 4's Friday night comedy lineup continued to see a decline in viewers week on week, with less than a million tuning in between 9pm and 10pm. 8 Out of 10 Cats was watched by 900k (4.1%), with a further 264.6k (1.4%) selecting the Jimmy Carr-fronted panel show on +1. Man Down attracted an audience of 800k (3.9%) (+1: 172.4k).

Alan Carr Chatty Man

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Alan Carr Chatty Man

The Royal Variety Performance 2011: Greg Davies

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Greg Davies stars in Man Down



Alan Carr: Chatty Man was seen by 1.17m (7.2%), tuning in to see Thor: The Dark World star Tom Hiddleston join Joan Collins, James Corden and Tinie Tempah on the show. A further 239.4k (1.2%) watched an hour later.

BBC Two's nature-focused lineup performed well, with the channel's biggest audience tuning in for Gardeners World (2.5m, 11.2%). Autumnwatch attracted 2.23m (10.1%). Later, QI pulled in an audience of 1.92m (10.5%).

Channel 5 saw an average audience of 843k (5.1%) for countdown show Britain's Funniest Comedy Characters.

'Orphan Black' episodes 9 and 10

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Orphan Black



On BBC Three, Orphan Black finished its first run with a double bill, drawing in 212.4k (1%) and 219.7k (1.2%).

The evening's most successful multichannel show was ITV 3's 8pm repeat of A Touch of Frost, which saw 482.5k (2.2%) tuning in.

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