Tycoon does poor business for ITV1

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk on Wednesday June 20 2007. It was last updated at 12:16 on June 20 2007.

Tycoon: attracted 1.3 million viewers and a 6% share for the live final

ITV1's entrepreneur series Tycoon got off to a sluggish start last night.

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones' attempt to whittle down six hopefuls to one tycoon drummed up just 2 million viewers and a 9% share in the 9pm hour, according to unofficial overnights.

Tycoon was the worst performing programme in that slot across all the five main analogue networks, and a far cry from the 6.8 million viewers Britain's Got Talent brought to the ITV1 same slot last week.

Without the competition from Britain's Got Talent, BBC1's Lenny's Britain had a better week.

The second part of Lenny Henry's investigation into British comedy bounced back from 2.6 million viewers last Wednesday to 3.2 million yesterday.

But it was beaten by Gordon Ramsay's F Word, which continues to cook up big audiences for Channel 4 and came out on top in the 9pm hour.

Chef Ramsay's show scored 4.2 million viewers last night, making it Channel 4's most watched programme yesterday, beating Big Brother.

BBC2 documentary series Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain drew to a close with 2.8 million viewers and a 13% share in the same 9pm slot.

But Marr's epic was pipped at the post by Five's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which drew 2.9 million viewers.

An Emmerdale double bill clashed for 30-minutes with BBC1's flagship soap, EastEnders.

Both averaged 6.4 million viewers overall but when the two were head to head between 7.30pm and 8pm, Emmerdale dipped to 5.8 million.

After that it was a pretty miserable night for ITV1, with Trinny and Susannah Undress beaten by Channel 4's How to Look Good Naked in the 8pm hour.

Trinny and Susannah had 2.8 million viewers and a 14% share, while How to Look Good Naked attracted 2.9 million and 15%.

In the 10pm slot, Dara O'Briain's Tough Gig drew just 900,000 viewers and a 5% share on ITV1.

Channel 4's Big Brother was watched by 3.7 million viewers and attracted a 21% share between 10pm and 11.05pm.

BBC2's QI repeat drew 2.4 million viewers and a 12% share in the half hour from 10pm; while BBC1's 10pm news bulletin had 4.8 million and 24%.

Over on Five, a CSI: Miami repeat attracted 1.8 million and a 10% share.

Earlier in the day, the racing at Royal Ascot proved good running for BBC2.

Overall it drew the same number of viewers as Channel 4 staple Countdown, with an average of 1 million fans tuning in to each.

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