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'MasterChef Pro' semi-final grabs 3.5m

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Monica Galleti and Michel Roux Jr on MasterChef: The Professionals

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The first semi-final of MasterChef: The Professionals averaged 3.5m on Tuesday evening, according to overnight audience data.

The cookery competition, which is down to its final six contestants, grabbed 3.5m (14.4%) on BBC Two in the 8pm hour, up 210k week-on-week.

Primetime was comfortably dominated by BBC One, after Holby City entertained 5.78m (23.8%) in the 8pm hour and 96k (0.4%) on BBC HD, while Crimewatch grabbed 4.31m (17.8%) from 9pm.

On ITV1, Fiddles, Cheats and Scams and 71 Degrees North secured respective audiences of 2.78m (11.5%) and 3.01m (12.5%) from 8pm. The shows also mustered 127k (0.5%) and 187k (0.8%) on ITV1 HD.

Earlier in the evening, The One Show appealed to 4.43m (20.3%) on BBC One from 7pm, while Grimefighters had 2.33m (9.7%) on ITV1 from 7.30pm.

Over at Channel 4, Wedding House had 890k (3.7%) in the 8pm hour and 100k (0.4%) an hour later. It was followed by Ramsay's Best Restaurant, which cooked up 1.33m (5.5%) from 9pm and 160k (0.9%) on timeshift.

The new series of The Million Pound Drop Live continued to 2.07m (11.6%) on Channel 4 from 10pm, up 160k on last night's opening episode. A further 198k (2%) watched the show an hour later.

BBC Two's Coast pulled in 2.1m (9.3%) in the 7pm hour. Whites amused 1.43m (5.9%) from 9pm, before Harry & Paul took 1.25m (5.2%).

On Channel 5, new series Street Market Chefs premiered to 583k (2.5%) from 7.30pm, and it was followed by Sea Patrol UK, which thrilled 1.22m (5%). CSI: Miami and CSI: NY grabbed respective audiences of 2.04m (8.4%) and 1.27m (6.7%) from 9pm.

BBC One dominated primetime with 22.8% against ITV1's 13.2% (HD: 0.5%). BBC Two came in third with 9%, followed by Channel 5 and Channel 4 jointly with 5.5% (C4 +1: 0.6%).

Elsewhere, new lesbian drama Lip Service continued to 469k (3.2%) on BBC Three between 10.30pm and 11.30pm, down 110k week-on-week.

A new episode of The Vampire Diaries grabbed to 489k (2%) on ITV2 in the 9pm hour, while 174k (0.9%) watched on timeshift.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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