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Live Six Nations Rugby Union tops Friday ratings with 4.57m

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Live Six Nations Rugby Union was Friday's (February 21) highest-rated show outside of soaps.

An average of 4.57 million viewers (20.8%) tuned in to watch Wales take on France at 7.55pm on BBC One. The match peaked with 4.83 million viewers during the second half.

Six Nations: France's Pascal Pape, England's Chris Robshaw, Wales' Sam Warburton, Ireland's Jamie Heaslip, Italy's Sergio Parisse and Scotland's Kelly Brown.

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The rugby narrowly outperformed ITV's Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages, which was seen by 4.32 million (20.3%) at 8pm.

Brand new comedy/drama Edge of Heaven was ITV's second highest-rated show of the night, securing 2.56m (11.7%) viewers from 9.

Back on BBC One, The Graham Norton Show, which featured guests such as Dominic Cooper and Lily Allen, entertained 3.97 million (28.8%) at 10.35pm.

The Graham Norton Show, November 8 - Graham Norton

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Approximately 3.82m (18.5%) tuned in to watch The One Show at 7pm, while an average audience of 3.68m (16.8%) stuck around to watch Room 101 immediately after.

BBC Two's evening kicked off with Winter Olympics: Today at the Games at 7pm. Approximately 1.88 million (8.8%) watched highlights of Team GB picking up a silver medal in the men's curling final.

It was followed by 1.95m (9.1%) for Mastermind at 8pm, while An Island Parish was seen by 1.72m (7.5%) at 8.30pm.

Winter Olympics on the BBC

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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown was Channel 4's highest-rated show of the evening, picking up 1.83 million (8.4%) at 9pm. Viewing figures dropped to 1.03 million (5.09%) for The Last Leg at 10pm.

After a dip in viewers for last week's episode, Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild was seen by 1.47m (6.8%) at 9pm on Channel 5. Earlier in the evening, Ice Road truckers scored ratings of 1.05 million (4.7%) at 8pm.

BBC Three movie Meet the Fockers was among the highest-rated multichannel programmes. The movie sequel was seen by 651k (3.3%) at 9pm.

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