Dancing on Ice stays on top with 9.3m viewers

LONDON - ITV1's 'Dancing on Ice' is going from strength to strength as 9.3m viewers tuned in last night to see 'Blue Peter' presenter Zoe Salmon voted off, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The celebrity ice dancing competition attracted 9.3m viewers and a 35.2% share of the 7.15pm-8.15pm audience for its main show.

8.5m viewers, a 33.3% share, joined the 9.15pm-10pm audience for the skate-off between Salmon and former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor.

There is one more programme next week before the grand final.

ITV drama 'Wild at Heart', which was wedged in between the two 'Dancing on Ice' instalments, pulled in 8m viewers and a 29.7% share of the 8.15pm-9.15pm audience.

The final part of Jeremy Paxman's 'The Victorians' series on BBC One, which this week focused on the Victorians' obsession with fairies and their weakness for psychics, drew 4.1m viewers and a 16.1% share of the 9pm-10pm audience.

BBC Two's 'Monty Halls' Great Escape', which saw marine biologist Halls getting to grips with a composting toilet as he continued his adventure as a beachcomber on the west coast of Scotland, netted 2.4m viewers and a 9.2% share of the audience.

Channel 4's airing of romantic comedy 'She's the Man', a teen update of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, attracted 1.8m viewers and an 8.2% share of the 9pm-11pm audience. Including Channel 4+1 figures it reached 2m viewers.

It beat Five's showing of IRA thriller 'The Devil's Own', starring Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, which scored 600,000 viewers and a 2.7% share of the 9pm-11.15pm audience.

Saturday's biggest audience went to BBC One for its penultimate celebrity hoofing spectacular 'Let's Dance for Comic Relief' at 7.05pm-8.20pm.

Performances from six celebrity acts, including Dom Joly and Angela Rippon, brought in 8.1m viewers and gave the channel a 35% share.

From 7.15pm to 7.45pm 5.4m viewers (23.3% of the audience) tuned to ITV1 to watch 'Harry Hill's TV Burp', followed at 7.45pm-9pm by 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway', which managed 6.5m viewers and a 27.6% share.

'Casualty' pulled in 6.4m for a 27.4% share at 8.30pm-9.20pm while just 3.4m (16.3%) watched ITV1's 'Midsomer Murders' at 9pm-10.30pm.

Channel 4 screened a repeat of 'Queen Victoria's Men', a docudrama depicting the monarch's relationship with Prince Albert, two prime ministers and two servants, coinciding with the cinema release of the film 'The Young Victoria'.

It was seen by 1.3m viewers at 9pm-10.40pm giving C4 a 6.4% share, with another 75,000 watching it on Channel 4+1.

In the late afternoon action from Fulham's FA Cup tie against Manchester United gave ITV1 4.8m viewers and a 25.6% share of viewing.

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