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'The Bill' bows out to 4.4m

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The last ever episode of The Bill was watched by more than 4.4m viewers on Tuesday night, according to the latest audience data.

The police drama, which was axed by ITV in March after 27 years on air, averaged 4.31m (18.8%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour and 105k (0.5%) on ITV1 HD.

The programme beat a new episode of The Deep, which grabbed 3.72m (16.3%) on BBC One from 9pm, with a further 278k (1.2%) watching on BBC HD.

New Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? appealed to 3.27m (14.6%) on ITV1 in the 8pm hour, but it was outperformed by Holby City, which took 5.67m (25.2%) on BBC One.

Jason Mountford and Alex Jones continued to attract viewers to The One Show, with 4.09m (22.2%) watching the magazine programme on BBC One from 7pm.

Coast appealed to 1.91m (9.9%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour, before factual entertainment series The Great British Bake Off took 2.69m (12%). Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children mustered 1.05m (4.8%) for the channel between 9pm and 10.30pm.

On Channel 4, Ultimate Big Brother grabbed 2.48m (14.6%) from 10pm and 179k (2%) on Channel 4 +1. Earlier on the channel, Help! My House Is Falling Down brought in 1.98m (8.8%) in the 8pm hour and 400k on timeshift, before The Hunt For Britain's Sex Traffickers took 1.9m (8.3%) and 179k (1%) on Channel 4 +1.

Over on Five, Chris Barrie's Massive Speed brought in 469k (2.3%) from 7.30pm, before Natureshock: Killer Squid Invasion took 1.34m (6%). CSI: Miami and CSI: NY grabbed respective audiences of 1.97m (8.6%) and 1.42m (7.8%) on the channel from 9pm.

BBC One dominated primetime with 21.9% against ITV1's 16.9% (HD: 0.4%). Channel 4 came in third with 8.5% (+1: 0.9%), followed by BBC Two with 7.9% and Five with 6.1%.

Elsewhere, BBC Three's Don't Tell The Bride secured the biggest multichannel audience of the night, after 1.01m (4.4%) tuned in from 9pm. Later on the channel, Johnny Vegas's sitcom Ideal pulled in 365k (2.3%) between 10.30pm and 11pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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