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'The Killing' debuts with 2.2m on Channel 4

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Stephen Holder and Sarah Linden from 'The Killing'

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The US version of The Killing launched with almost 2.2m on Thursday evening, while Candy Bar Girls entertained 740k on Channel 5, according to the latest audience data.

A double episode of The Killing, an AMC remake of the acclaimed Danish original, averaged 2.19m (10.3%) for Channel 4 between 9pm and 10.55pm, along with 231k (1.6%) on +1.

Candy Bar Girls, a new fly-on-the-wall series following the goings-on at Soho's famous lesbian bar, debuted with 740k (4%) on Channel 5 from 10pm.

In the 9pm hour, The Apprentice: The Final Five, profiling the remaining candidates left in the series, entertained 4.36m (18.5%) on BBC One, outperforming documentary Kate In Canada's 3.81m (16.2%) on ITV1 and 177k (0.9%) on +1.

Traffic Cops had 3.34m (14.6%) on BBC One from 8.30pm. Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Russell Brand was seen by 760k (5.5%) on ITV1 from 10.30pm and Question Time quizzed 3.64m (25.8%) on BBC One from 10.45pm.

On BBC Two, The Culture Show appealed to 440k (2.2%) in the 7pm hour, before Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011 grabbed 1.39m (6.2%) from 8pm. History Cold Case mustered 1.68m (7.1%) in the 9pm hour and Mock The Week amused 2.11m (10.3%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's Help! My House Is Falling Down appealed to 1.59m (7.1%) in the 8pm hour and 190k (0.8%) on +1.

Over at Channel 5, How Do They Do It? attracted 625k (3.1%) from 7.30pm, before Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers drove away with 819k (3.7%) in the 8pm hour. Cowboy Builders returned with 1.62m (6.9%) from 9pm.

Overall, BBC One won primetime with 24% against ITV1's 18.6% (+1: 0.6%). Channel 4 ranked in third with 8.1% (+1: 0.9%), ahead of BBC Two's 6% and Channel 5's 4.2%.

Elsewhere, EastEnders' Greatest Exits averaged 516k (2.2%) for BBC Three between 8.30pm and 10pm. Magic show Dynamo premiered with 622k (2.6%) on Watch in the 9pm hour, making it the highest rating commission ever for pay-TV broadcaster UKTV.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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