Adele's eviction sets record

Adele's eviction from Big Brother set a new ratings record for the Channel 4 show, early viewing figures showed today.

Her expulsion on Friday night became the most watched edition of the show in all three series, apart from the crowd-pulling finals.

Many viewers were gripped to see if Jade Goody or Adele Roberts would get the push after days of backbiting on the show.

As many as 7.8 million tuned in to watch at the peak of the eviction edition of the show, with an average audience of 7.1 million.

The previous record had been held by the edition which featured the departure of "Nasty" Nick Bateman's in August 2000, which averaged 6.9 million viewers.

Viewing generally for Big Brother on Channel 4 is up on 2001. Average for the third series of Big Brother so far is 5.1 million, nearly a quarter up on the 4.2 million who were watching up to this point last year.

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