Celebrity Big Brother becomes fourth-biggest Channel 5 show of all time

Richard Desmond's decision to resurrect Celebrity Big Brother appears to be paying off after Channel 5 received its fourth-biggest audience of its 14-year history, and by far its biggest broadcast outside sport and films.

Celebrity Big Brother becomes 5th biggest Channel 5 show of all time
Celebrity Big Brother becomes 5th biggest Channel 5 show of all time

According to unofficial overnight figures, 'Celebrity Big Brother: Launch' delivered an average audience of 5.08 million between 9pm and 10.30pm, a 21.9% share of the TV-watching public.

The launch show introduced the first housemates to enter the Channel 5 'Big Brother' house including Sally Bercow, wife of the House of Commons speaker and Paddy Doherty from reality show 'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings'.

The 15-minute peak was between 10pm and 10.15pm, when the audience rose to 5.58 million viewers.

'Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side', the follow-up show with guests such as 'Celebrity Big Brother' winner Alex Reid and 2010 'Big Brother' winner Josie Long, had an audience of 1.82 million between 10.30pm and 11.30pm, a 13.2% share.

The second most watched show at 9pm was the science fiction drama 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' on BBC One with an audience of 3.42 million, a 14% share of the available audience.

The closing episode of the two part Irish cop drama 'Single-handed' attracted an average audience of 2.78 million viewers, a 2.8% share, on ITV1 and ITV1 HD between 9pm and 10pm. An additional 100,500 watched the show on ITV1 +1.

Top 10 most viewed programmes on Channel 5
Rank Programme Date and time aired Audience (Millions)
1 Euro 2000 Qualifier: Poland v England Wed 8 Sep 1999 – 19.00 5,630,000
2 World Cup Qualifier: Albania v England Wed 28 Mar 2001 – 19.00 5,590,000
3 Independence Day Tue 7 Sep 1999 – 21.00 5,410,000
4 The Rock Tue 8 Feb 2000 – 2100 5,050,000
5 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Sun 14 Nov 2004 – 21.00 4,950,000
6 Miracle on 34th Street Sun 7 Dec 2003 – 17.55 4,850,000
7 Uefa Cup 2002/3: Celtic v Liverpool Thu 13 Mar 2003 – 19.45 4,610,000
8 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tue 17 Mar 2009 – 21.00 4,550,000
9 Joey Sun 13 Feb 2005 – 20.35 4,530,000
10 Euro 2000 Qualifier: Luxembourg v England Wed 14 Oct 1998 – 19.00 4,380,000
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