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'Fresh Meat' series two goes out with a ratings whimper

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The second series of Fresh Meat came to an end with a modest audience last night (Tuesday, November 27).

The Channel 4 sitcom, which has apparently been recommissioned for a third series, sank to 781,000 and a share of 4.2% at 10pm, adding 170k on +1.

Star Jack Whitehall has recently criticised Channel 4's scheduling of the comedy alongside Jewish Mum of the Year, which attracted a tiny fanbase during October in the 9pm slot.

Fresh Meat, year 2, episode 1

© Channel 4



On average, Fresh Meat has dropped 200k year-on-year - the show's first run, which aired on Wednesday nights last autumn, averaged just over a million viewers, while not one episode this year could top the 1m mark.

Elsewhere, episode two of Last Tango in Halifax - a six-part romantic series about an elderly couple reuniting via Facebook - continued to perform strongly with 5.51m (21.6%) in the 9pm slot for BBC One and challenged I'm a Celebrity.

While the As Time Goes By-esque show lost nearly 700k on last week's premiere audience, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! had a half-hour head start.

Rosemary Shrager's departure in another 90-minute visit to the jungle gave ITV an average of 7.64m (29.9%) and 465k on +1. I'm a Celebrity has largely avoided ITV's traditionally low-key Tuesday primetime lineup this year due to the network's Champions League football commitments.

Rosemary Shrager, I'm a Celebrity 2012

© Rex Features / ITV/Rex Features

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! logo

© ITV



You've Been Framed could only offer the reality show a lead-in of 3.01m (13.1%) at 8pm (+1: 171k), as Holby City held a fairly steady audience on BBC One.

Meanwhile, ITV2 spinoff I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! NOW! rallied to 1.01m (5.7%) at 10pm (+1: 129k), while Geordie Shore hooked 393k (2.2%) on MTV.

MasterChef: The Professionals climbed to an impressive 3.06m (12.7%) on BBC Two, marking an all-time high for the popular spinoff show. At the same time, George Clarke's Amazing Spaces went from strength to strength for Channel 4 in the 9pm hour with 2.12m (8.8%) in the 8pm hour as well as 162k on timeshift, and Rolf Harris's Channel 5 show Animal Clinic bowed out with a respectable 1.07m (4.5%).

All three terrestrial channels lost viewers in the 9pm hour, as Dara O'Briain's Science Club interested 992k (3.9%), 1.11m (4.3%) watched Heston's Fantastical Food along with 237k on Channel 4 +1, and Body of Proof interested 803k (3.1%) over on 5 (+1: 141k).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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