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Splash! return dives in with 4.7 million viewers on Saturday night

Tom Daley's Splash! returned to ITV with 4.76 million viewers, according to overnight data.

Michaela Strachan, Gemma Merna, Gemma Collins, Perri Kiely and Ricky Groves took to the pool for the competition's first heat, with a 20.4% average share of the audience from 7.20pm.

Splash 2014: Tom Daley with presenters Vernon Kaye and Gabby Logan

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Splash achieved less than its debut last year

The show's second series came in less than last year's 5.49 million (22.9%) debut, but gained a further 192.6k who tuned in an hour later on ITV+1 (0.8%).

Pointless partially dented the return of Splash!, as actors from the likes of Grange Hill and Waterloo Road took part in a celebrity school-themed edition, attracting 5.87 million viewers (25.2%) from 7pm to 7.45pm.

BBC One also led the evening with Celebrity Mastermind at 6.30pm (4 million, 17.5%) and The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins from 19:45pm (4.78 million, 20.5%).

BBC One Pointless Quiz Show.



Catherine Tate's Nan in Pilot episode


Catherine Tate's Nan

The channel topped its schedule off with Catherine Tate's Nan, which took in 4.3 million and an 18.4% share of the audience.

Meanwhile, ITV's most watched programme of the night was Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur's live FA Cup match. Coverage between 4.45pm and 7.15pm drew 5.11m (25%), as well as 59.6k (0.9%) who tuned in an hour later.

Take Me Out also proved a hit, entertaining 4.17 million (17.8%) and a further 186.1k (0.9%) on +1.

Dave Allen filled the BBC Two schedule last night, with a new compilation of the comedian's funniest moments, Dave Allen: The Immaculate Selection, taking the biggest audience share for the channel.

The new stars of Take Me Out with Paddy McGuinness

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Take Me Out

Russell Crowe as Robin Hood

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Robin Hood

Some 2.87 million (13.7%) tuned in from 10pm, while 2.75 million (11.7%) watched repeat documentary Dave Allen: God's Own Comedian an hour before.

Over on Channel 4, 2010's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, took in 1.28 million (6.3%) as well as 229.5k (1.6%) on +1.

The channel also served five back-to-back repeats of Come Dine With Me, with one episode at 5:30pm peaking to 1.7m (8.4%) (+1: 189.6k, 0.8%).

Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors: Secret History also hooked an average of 1.05 million viewers (4.5%) (+1: 14kk, 0.6%).

Emma Willis in a new promo shot for Celebrity Big Brother

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Celebrity Big Brother

Sofia Helin in 'The Bridge'.


The Bridge

Meanwhile, Celebrity Big Brother paved the way for Channel 5, as 1.68 million tuned in from 10pm, attracting an average share of 8.1% (+1: 166.9k, 1.2%).

A further 734.4k stayed from 11pm till midnight (5.4%) to catch Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Psych (+1: 95.9k, 1.3%).

On the multi-channels, BBC Four celebrated a 4.5% share of the audience from 9pm, as 1.49 million tuned into the first of two episodes of The Bridge. 829.7k also watched the second episode at 10pm (4.0%).

BBC Three managed to hold 899.5k at 9pm, for a showing of Bruce Willis's Die Hard with a Vengeance, giving the channel a 4.0% audience share.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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