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'The Only Way Is Essex' flourishes with 1.3m

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The Only Way Is Essex pulled in over 1.3m viewers for its midweek episode, according to the latest overnight data.

Airing at 10pm, the reality show grabbed a commendable 1.08m (5.5%) for ITV2, while 240k watched on ITV2+1.

At 9pm, Kerry Katona: The Next Chapter also boosted the network with 618k (2.6%) and 207k on +1. And even though the return of Gossip Girl only interested 136k (0.6%) at 8pm, ITV2 was still the second most popular multichannel station of the night.

After Arsenal's thrilling six-goal draw with Tottenham Hotspur scored 1.63m (7.6%) between 7.30pm and 10pm, Sky Sports 1 was third only to BBC One and ITV1 in primetime.

Over on BBC One, DIY SOS: The Big Build took 4.88m (25.2%) from 7.30pm, then Life Of Riley amused 3.01m (13.9%) at 8.30pm, down 1.5m week-on-week, and MasterChef cooked up 4.55m (19%) in the 9pm hour as the final three contestants were announced.

Following strong ratings for ITV1's Emmerdale, Midsomer Murders mustered 5m (22.2%) between 8pm and 10pm, along with 277k (1.3%) on timeshift.

Psychological drama The Crimson Petal And The White dipped to 1.1m (4.7%) on BBC Two in the 9pm hour, before The Victorians averaged 630k (3.1%). Earlier at 8pm, The Great British Wedding Cake served up with 1.42m (6.7%).

Channel 4's Vacation, Vacation, Vacation and Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not put in 820k (4%) and 1.26m (5.8%) in the 8pm hour, with the former adding 134k on timeshift.

At 9pm, The Sex Education Show: Stop Pimping Our Kids educated 1.19m (5%) alongside a further 312k (1.7%) on +1, and Desperate Housewives returned with 888k (4.9%) from 10pm, adding 120k (1.3%) an hour later.

Channel 5's Essex Jungle opened with 750k (3.6%) at 8pm, after which NCIS and Law & Order: Criminal Intent brought in 1.55m (6.5%) and 899k (4.8%) respectively until 11pm.

Overall, ITV1 narrowly won primetime with 20.8% (+1: 0.9%) against BBC One's 20%. BBC Two came in third with 5.1%, followed by Channel 4 with 4.7% (+1: 0.8%) and Channel 5 with 4.2%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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