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Prime Ministerial Debate wins primetime ratings war

LONDON - BBC One won the primetime ratings war last night with 'The Prime Ministerial Debate', attracting 7.6 million viewers during the crucial peak-time slot of 9pm to 10pm, according to unofficial overnight figures.

Leaders' debate: secured highest TV audience in prime-time slot

Leaders' debate: secured highest TV audience in prime-time slot

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More than 8.4 million watched the final debate between the major party leaders ahead of the election next week, across four TV channels.

An average of 7.5 million people watched the debate on either BBC One or BBC HD between 8.30pm and 10pm, a 28.7% share of the TV-watching audience.

A further 617,000 watched the debate on BBC News between 8.30pm and 10pm and 286,000 tuned into the two-hour programme on Sky News between 8pm and 10pm.

Five's broadcast of Liverpool UEFA Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid performed strongly; an average of 3.2 million people watched the game between 7.45pm and 10.15pm, a 13.2% share of the audience.

Between 9pm and 10pm, an average of 3.7 million viewers were watching ‘Europa League Football' on Five.

The second episode in the three-part series of ‘Greatest Cities of the world with Griff Rhys Jones' on ITV was watched by an average of 2.8 million viewers, an 11.1% share of the available audience.

Channel 4's documentary on poverty in 21st Century Britain, ‘How the Other Half Live: One year on' was watched by an average of 1.5 million. Channel 4's share, which includes the contribution of Channel 4+1, was 5.8% of the available audience.

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