ITV1's The Children signs off with 4.7m viewers

LONDON - The concluding part of ITV1's The Children, a tense thriller about step families, pulled in 4.7m viewers last night, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The one-hour programme captured a 19.7% share of the audience in the 9pm-10pm slot, giving ITV1 the second-most watched show in the prime-time slot.

The coveted slot was won by BBC One's popular crime drama 'New Tricks', in which Amanda Redman and Dennis Waterman play detectives, with 5.4m viewers and a 22.9% share.

Explorer Bruce Parry returned to television screens last night with BBC Two's highly anticipated autumn tent pole, 'Amazon', which opened with 3.2m viewers and a 13.5% share between 9pm-10pm.

Channel 4's obsession with property programmes continues unabated with 'The Price of Property', a four-part series in which journalist Jon Henley travels around the UK to discover how the pursuit of property ownership has changed the country.

The show drew 1.1m viewers and a 4.6% share in 9pm-10pm slot, rising to 1.1m and 4.8% including ratings on Channel 4+1.

Later in the evening, 'The Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan', in which the former Daily Mirror editor interviewed comedian Jim Davidson, brought BBC One 2.8m viewers and a 22.7% share.