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'The Only Way Is Essex' tops 1m

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The Only Way Is Essex dazzled more than 1m viewers on Sunday evening, while new ITV series Vera debuted with 5.2m, the latest audience data has revealed.

Reality TV series The Only Way Is Essex averaged 1.01m (4.8%) for ITV2 from 10pm, the show's biggest Sunday night audience so far in the current series. A further 207k (1.6%) tuned in on ITV2+1.

Vera, a new detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, premiered with 5.26m (22%) on ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm, while 212k (0.9%) watched on ITV1+1.

The programme proved too strong for Exile, a new drama starring Jim Broadbent and John Simm, which captivated 4.39m (17.8%) on BBC One in the 9pm hour.

Countryfile grabbed 4.71m (23.2%) on BBC One in the 7pm hour, while The Cube entertained 3.57m (20%) on ITV1 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Antiques Roadshow had 5.12m (22%) on BBC One in the 8pm hour and Match Of The Day 2 scored with 3.32m (22.1%) from 10.30pm. New arts strand Perspectives launched with 970k (5.4%) on ITV1 from 10.15pm.

On BBC Two, extended live coverage of snooker's The World Championship Final pocketed 2.47m (10.9%) from 7pm. QI amused 1.16m (5.9%) from 10.15pm.

Channel 4's Come Dine With Me served up 1.14m (5.6%) in the 7pm hour and 362k (1.6%) on +1. The Hotel continued with 1.52m (6.5%) from 8pm and 279k (1.1%) on +1. A screening of The Bank Job took 2.04m (9.3%) from 9pm and 475k (3%) on timeshift.

Showings of The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad and Godzilla roused 883k (5.5%) and 1.23m (5.3%) on Channel 5 between 6pm and 10pm. Zombie drama The Walking Dead scared up 1.19m (5.9%) between 10pm and 11.30pm.

Overall, BBC One won primetime with 20.9% against ITV1's 19.4% (+1: 0.8%). BBC Two came in third with 10.1%, followed by Channel 4 with 7.6% (+1: 1.3%) and Channel 5 with 5.5%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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