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'The Only Way Is Essex' flourishes with 1.3m

The Only Way Is Essex S02E10: Sam and Joey kiss


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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