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'I'd Do Anything' makes weak debut

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'I'd Do Anything' makes weak debut
New BBC One reality show I'd Do Anything attracted a middling audience for its opening episode on Saturday night.

The competition to pick an Oliver Twist and Nancy for a West End production attracted 5.5m viewers, 24.2% of the audience, at 7.30pm. The figure is just 100,000 above the slot average.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, with 7.4m (32.8%), was well ahead of the competition and of ITV1's 6.2m (30.2%) average for the slot.

The channel fell away after Takeaway, though. Its audience fell to 2.8m (16.5%) for Duel at 8.30pm then 2.7m (15%) for movie The Dukes of Hazzard at 9.30pm.

BBC One took the lead from 8.40pm with Casualty, watched by 7.3m (32.2%), but lost viewers again with Love Soup. Just 3.6m (17.1%) tuned in from 9.30pm.

Five came close to BBC Two at 9.30pm thanks to CSI: NY drawing 2.8m (13.7%), but Channel 4 and BBC Two were way off.

Earlier on, Six Nations rugby pulled in the viewers for BBC One. Italy's clash with Scotland at 12.30pm attracted 2.5m (25.3%) then England versus Ireland drew 4.5m (33.3%). Finally, an average audience of 5.7m (31.1%) watched Wales defeat France from 5pm.

ITV1 lagged behind as 1.7m (15.7%) tuned in for the Australian Grand Prix from 1.20-3.05pm then 1.4m (10.6%) saw James Bond film Never Say Never Again.

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