Tim Henman's first round match at Wimbledon was an inevitable success with viewers as the closely-fought game hit 4.9 million (38%) at 5.50pm on BBC1.
Tim Henman's first round match at Wimbledon was an inevitable success with viewers as the closely-fought game hit 4.9 million (38%) at 5.50pm on BBC1.

The British number one came back from two sets down against Jarkko Nieminen to take the tie in a five-set game. BBC1's entire live coverage of the day's play averaged a sizeable 2.6 million (33.1%) from 1.40pm. For the final 30-minutes of BBC1's coverage, as Henman's game was in the closing stages, BBC1 was attracting well over 4 million viewers.

ITV1's 60-minute episode of Heartbeatat 5pm appealed to 1.5 million (13.5%).

BBC1 though had less to smile about at 9pm as its drama Cutting Itappears to be failing to live up to its title in the ratings. Last night's episode drew just 3.3 million (15.5%) and lost out to a Channel 4 repeat of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

The third episode of the corporation's six-part drama set in two hairdressing salons has lost 1 million viewers since the current series began two week ago. The opening instalment on 7 June averaged 4.3 million (20%) while last week's programme had 3.5 million (16%).

Cutting Ithad previously been beaten by C4's Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmareson both previous occasions but then C4 had been showing new episodes in the series. Last night's programme was a repeat of chef Gordon Ramsay's attempt to turn around the fortune of The Glass House restaurant. C4's 60-minute show appealed to 4 million (19.1%).

Taking the top spot at 9pm though was ITV1's Bad Girlswith 4.3 million (20.2%) over 60-minutes. Five's episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, also at 9pm, continued to pull-in the viewers with 3 million (14.2%).

BBC1's Holby Cityand EastEndersthough brought in the viewers earlier in peaktime. EastEndersgained 8.4 million (47.6%) at 7.30pm while Holby City, 30-minutes later, took 6.4 million (33.8%).

ITV1's It'll Be Alright on the Nightmanaged 2.9 million (15.1%).

BBC2 turned over most of its peaktime schedule to coverage of Wimbledon. The three hour coverage from 5.35pm had 1.6 million (9.8%) while the later highlights at 9.30pm took 1.4 million (6.7%).

Five's Stonehenge? Liveat 8pm concluded with 1 million (5.3%).

C4's Big Brotherat 10pm was a hit with the viewers. The 55-minute show drew 4.4 million (23.2%), up by 500,000 on the previous Tuesday.

Peaktime shares for Tuesday 21 June: BBC1 - 26%, ITV1 - 19.5%, C4 - 13.4%, BBC2 - 9%, Five - 8.8%, multichannel - 23.3%.

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