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'Ashes to Ashes' makes decent return

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DCI Gene Hunt in Ashes to Ashes

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Ashes to Ashes made a decent return to BBC One on Friday night, according to the latest viewing figures.

The opening episode of the third and final series pulled in 5.5m (22.1%) during the 9pm hour, making it the most-watched programme during primetime.

Previously, series one and two opened to 7m (29.1%) and 7.01m (29.2%).

Earlier on BBC One, QI put in 3.96m (15.7%) between 8.30pm and 9pm.

Mastermind and Gardeners' World interested 2.32m (9.7%) and 2m (7.9%) for BBC Two at 8pm and 8.30pm, then 1.85m (8.1%) watched Indian Hill Railways from 9.30pm.

Over on ITV1, the half-hour Countrywise took 3.45m (14.3%) at 8pm, then The Door pulled in 3.59m (14.4%) during the 9pm hour.

A Place In The Sun drew 1.08m (4.4%) for Channel 4 at 8pm, then the audience climbed to 1.97m (7.9%) during the 9pm screening of Embarrassing Bodies.

Highland Emergency and The Mentalist attracted 886k (3.6%) and 1.72m (6.9%) to Five at 8pm and 9pm respectively.

Overall, BBC One edged primetime with an average share of 21.4% to ITV1's 20%. BBC Two was third with 7.9%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.5% (+1: 0.9%) and Five's 4.2%.

Elsewhere, the latest episode of Lost grabbed 479k (1.9%) for Sky1 during the 9pm hour.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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