Lenny's Britain falls flat

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk on Wednesday June 13 2007. It was last updated at 12:30 on June 13 2007.
Lenny's Britain

Lenny's Britain: comedian travelled to Blackpool to examine traditional seaside humour. Photograph: BBC

Comedian Lenny Henry's new series launched with a whimper last night, helping push BBC1 to what is believed to be its third worst Tuesday peaktime ratings performance ever.

BBC1 posted a peaktime share of just 18.8% between 7pm and 10.30pm - believed to be the channel's third worst for a Tuesday ever.

Lenny's Britain, in which the comic toured the country finding out what made people laugh, attracted just 2.6 million viewers and an 11% share in the 9pm hour, according to unofficial overnights.

The BBC1 show was beaten in the slot by all the other main networks, except Channel Five, which matched Lenny's Britain in the ratings with a new episode of CSI.

ITV1's Britain's Got Talent won the 9pm slot, with 6.8 million viewers and a 29% share.

BBC2 came second with Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain, which pulled in 3.2 million viewers and a 14% share; while on Channel 4, Gordon Ramsay's The F Word came third in the 9pm slot with 2.9 million viewers and a 13% share.

Earlier on in BBC1's miserable night, EastEnders slumped to just 5.2 million viewers viewers and a 27% share at 7.30pm as an hour-long Emmerdale on ITV1 took its toll, pulling in 6.5 million viewers and a 36% share.

However, Emmerdale could not rescue ITV1's Trinny and Susannah Undress, which could only manage 3.1 million viewers and a 15% share at 8pm, coming third in the slot.

BBC1's Holby Blue took the honours at 8pm with 4 million viewers and a 20% share; BBC2's Springwatch was second with 3.7 million and 19%.

Channel 4's How to Look Good Naked, also at 8pm, drew 2.5 million viewers and a 12% share - a series low - while Five's Macintyre: Edge of Reason picked up 1 million viewers and a 5% share.

ITV1's new series Frank Skinner's Tough Gig also found things tough going at 10pm, pulling in 2.9 million viewers and a 14% share.

Tough Gig was beaten by BBC1's Ten O'Clock News, with 4.4 million viewers and a 21% share, and Channel 4's Big Brother, which pulled in 3.8 million and a 20% share.

This was a recovery from Monday night's series low of 2.6 million viewers and an 11% share.

BBC2's QI, also at 10pm, attracted 2.5 million viewers and a 12% share, while Five's CSI: Miami repeat drew 2.1 million and 11%.

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