TV ratings - 17 July

TV ratings: BBC Proms strike chord with 1 million viewers

Classical music season the BBC Proms opens with 5% share for Stravinsky's Fireworks on BBC2

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First night of the BBC Proms
First night of the BBC Proms. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA

The start of the 2009 BBC Proms season kicked off with 1 million viewers for Stravinsky's Fireworks on BBC2 on Friday, 17 July.

An average audience share of 5% tuned in for the concert – the first of 100 for the season – between 8pm and 10.30pm, according to unofficial overnight figures.

On Channel 4, Farrah's Story, which followed US actor Farrah Fawcett as she battled against cancer, pulled in 1.3 million viewers and a 6% share between 7.30pm and 9pm, with a further 194,000 on digital catchup service Channel 4 +1.

BBC1's new panel show As Seen on TV claimed 2.7 million viewers and a 13% share at 8.30pm, while the fourth instalment of drama Hotel Babylon picked up 3.3 million and 15% in the 9pm hour.

ITV1's repeat of drama Doc Martin won the 9pm hour with 4 million viewersand a 19% share.

Channel 4's double bill of Big Brother saw 2.7 million viewers and a 13% share tune in for the first instalment in the 9pm hour when Karly Ashworth was told she would be evicted, while the second edition picked up 2.8 million and 19% between 10.35pm and 11.05pm. A further 165,000 and 273,000 watched respectively on Channel 4 +1 an hour later.

Channel Five did best with a repeat of US drama NCIS, which drew 1.5 million viewers and a 7% share in the 9pm hour.

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