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'Inbetweeners Movie' grabs over 3 million for TV premiere

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Channel 4's TV premiere of 2011's The Inbetweeners Movie attracted a high audience last night, early overnight ratings show.

Thursday's 9pm screening of the sitcom spinoff, starring Simon Bird and James Buckley, averaged 2.78m (a 13.8% share) and 553,000 (4.2%) on +1 - a comparable audience to 2010's E4 finale of the TV series.

After the film, 564k (6.3%) caught a repeat of The Inbetweeners: Top Ten Moments from 11pm (+1: 172k/3.9%).

The Inbetweeners movie

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Elsewhere yesterday evening, the second series of DCI Banks came to a close with a steady if unspectacular slot-winning amount of 3.69m (16%) on ITV1 (+1: 292k/1.7%), as BBC One's Hunted sunk to 2.59m (11.2%), only just edging BBC Two's Great Continental Railway Journeys which interested 2.55m (11.1%).

Meanwhile, Young Apprentice was rock solid for BBC One with 3.69m (16.5%) in the 8pm hour, while MasterChef: The Professionals won the attention of 2.43m (10.2%) on BBC Two, and The Big Dig unearthed 1.46m (6.2%) for Channel 5.

Double Europa League football action continued to pay dividends for ITV2, as an average of 1.27m (6.4%) stayed tuned to the digital channel for six hours between 4.30pm and 10.30pm.

Overall, BBC One edged an improved ITV1 with 17.6% against 17.3% (+1: 0.7%). Channel 4 soared to third place with 9.2% (+1: 1.3%), but was not too far ahead of BBC Two's 8.1%. ITV4 secured fifth place with 6%, comfortably beating Channel 5's 3.9% (+1: 0.3%).

A Celebrity Juice 'Spooky Special', featuring an appearance from Art Attack star Neil Buchanan, was seen by 852k (4.8%) - but was unable to beat Red Dwarf's 933k (4%) for Dave.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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