Audience of 9m watch Emmerdale star booted off Dancing on Ice

LONDON - ITV1's 'Dancing on Ice', which saw 'Emmerdale' actress Roxanne Pallett knocked out of the competition in the skate-off, attracted 9m viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The main show, featuring a performance by coaches Torvill and Dean as well as the contestants' routines, earned 9m viewers and a 35.7% share of the 7pm to 8.15pm audience.

The skate-off which saw Pallett, who plays Jo Sugden in 'Emmerdale', lose out to former Blue Peter host Zoe Salmon, attracted 8m viewers and a 31% share of the 9.15pm to 10pm audience.

Jeremy Paxman's 'The Victorians' series, this week focusing on Victorian power and the huge wealth the Empire brought to many Britons, pulled in 4m viewers and a 15.5% share of the 9pm to 10pm audience.

BBC Two's new documentary series 'Monty Hall's Great Escape' kicked off with 2.3m viewers and an 8.9% share of the audience.

The series follows marine biologist and professional diver Monty Halls as he turns his back on city life to become a 21st century beachcomber on the west coast of Scotland.

Channel 4's airing of Jackie Chan film 'Rush Hour 2' netted 1.5m viewers and a 6.3% share of the 9pm-10.30pm audience. Including Channel 4+1 it reached 1.6m viewers.

It beat Five's showing of Mel Gibson action thriller 'Conspiracy Theory', which drew 840,000 viewers and a 4.7% share of the 9pm to 11.30pm audience.

Earlier in the day Sky Sports 1's coverage of the Carling Cup final between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur pulled in 2.2m viewers and a 16.9% share of the 2.30pm-5.30pm audience.

Manchester United won 4-1 on penalties after the match finished goalless after extra time.

On Saturday night BBC One's 'Let's Dance for Comic Relief', hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones, scored 7.1m viewers and a 31.7% share of the 7.30pm to 8.45pm audience.

It featured comedy dance performances from Jo Brand, the 'Dragon's Den' team, 'Blue Peter' and the cast of 'Hollyoaks'.

It was followed by 'Casualty' which won its slot with 6.3m viewers and a 28.4% share of the 8.45pm to 9.45pm audience.

ITV1's airing of 'The Bourne Supremacy', starring Matt Damon, attracted 2.9m viewers and a 13.6% share of the 9pm to 10.15pm audience.

It beat Channel 4's showing of 'The Shawshank Redemption', starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, which pulled in 1.7m viewers and a 9.8% share of the 9pm to 11.30pm audience. Including Channel 4+1 figures it reached 1.9m viewers.

The extended version of Stephen Fry's quiz show 'QI XL' netted 2m viewers and a 9.1% share of the 9pm to 9.45pm audience, while Five's 'NCIS' drama series drew 1.2m viewers and a 5.4% share of the 8.45pm to 9.45pm audience.

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