Channel 4's profile of US pop singer Britney Spears failed to reach the top of the charts last night with a relatively poor 1.8 million (10.5%).
Channel 4's profile of US pop singer Britney Spears failed to reach the top of the charts last night with a relatively poor 1.8 million (10.5%).

At best, the 60-minute show Britney's Redneck Roots, which contained interviews with her first husband and friends, only mustered 2 million (10.3%) at 10.15pm.

The show gained the lowest audience of all the five terrestrial channels at that time but the show still managed to outperform the channel's current all-hours share of 9.7%.

BBC2's new feature-length, three-part series After the Warat 9pm got 2 million (9.4%) but the ensuing Newsnightat 10.30pm got 900,000 (6.5%). Five's repeat of CSI: NY, at 10pm impressed 2.3 million (13.3%).

BBC1's Ten O'Clock Newsmanaged 4.8 million (24.6%). ITV1's repeat of Taggartat 9pm got 2.7 million (13.1%) while the News at 10.30managed 2.4 million (13.8%).

C4 was more popular earlier in peaktime and the first episode in the new series of Location, Location, Locationgot 2.5 million (13.3%). Viewers stayed with the channel at 8.30pm for the first in another new series - 10 Years Older, which entertained 2.6 million (12.9%).

Perhaps due to an exclusive with new information surrounding the wrongful shooting at Stockwell tube last month, ITV Evening Newshad a sizeable 4 million (26.5%) at 6.30pm.

Without the cricket, which finished on Monday for the week, C4 lost its daytime lead. Home from Homeat 4.25pm had the best performance for the channel with 600,000 (8.7%), compared with best daytime performers on the other channels; - Weakest Linkfor BBC2 had 2 million (19.8%) at 5.15-6pm, and Five's film, Forever Love, managed 6.8 million (12.4%) at 3.30pm.

Meanwhile BBC1's best daytime performance took the lion's share with Neighbourswhich had 2.3 million (36.5%) in its 1.40pm slot, and Heartbeatat 5-6pm got 1.9 million (18.9%) for ITV.

All-hours share for Tuesday 16 August 2005: BBC1 - 26.6%, ITV1 - 17.3%, BBC2 - 9.2%, C4 - 8.7%, Five - 7.1%, multichannel - 31.2%

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