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'16 Kids and Counting' conquers Friday Celeb Big Brother eviction

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A Channel 4 documentary about Britain's biggest family beat Celebrity Big Brother in Friday night's (January 11) 9pm ratings battle.

16 Kids and Counting pulled in 2.37 million (9.6%) to the broadcaster in the 9pm hour, while Channel 5's live eviction attracted 2.05m (8.3%).

Celebrity Big Brother added 245,000 on 5 +1, but Channel 4's 16 Kids and Counting managed an impressive 616k on its timeshift service.

16 Kids and Counting - The Radfords

© Channel 4

Sam Robertson - 2nd evictee of Celebrity Big Brother 2013

© Channel 5



Elsewhere in the 9pm slot, ITV's new comedy drama Great Night Out opened with 3.41m (13.9%). Panned by the critics, it lost out to Silent Witness which logged 5.31m (21.5%), but it did add a decent 338k on ITV1 +1.

Over on BBC Two, half-hour quiz shows Mastermind (2.13m) and QI (2.14m/10.3%) performed well at 8pm and 10pm respectively.

Channel 5's Ice Road Truckers got the better of Channel 4's new reality show First Time Farmers with 1.23m (5%) versus 980k (4%). On +1, First Time Farmers appealed to a further 209k while Ice Road Truckers added 178k.

The Graham Norton Show continued to sparkle at 10.35pm with 3.53m (22.7%).

Overall, BBC One edged primetime with 21.3% versus ITV1's 20.7% (+1: 0.9%). BBC Two sneaked into third place with 6.3%, beating Channel 4's 5.7% (+1: 1.1%), and Channel 5's 5.1% (+1: 0.5%).

Ruth Jones's Sky1 comedy drama Stella returned for its second run with 636k (2.6%), around half the audience recorded for last year's first series premiere.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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