Jason Manford and Alex Jones’ debut as hosts of The One Show attracted its highest audience since the departure of Christine Bleakley in June.

The refreshed line-up delivered an average audience of 4.54m (23.6%) to BBC1 and 74,500 (0.39%) to BBC HD from 7pm to 7.30pm, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.

It was the largest audience the show has assembled since 10 June episode’s 4.17m (22.05%) viewers, before Bleakley left for ITV’s new morning show Daybreak.

Despite the good performance, it was below The One Show’s average Monday night audience of 4.64m (21.92%) for the year so far, which includes Bleakley tenure with co-host Adrian Chiles’. Last Monday’s episode was watched by 4.02m (21.77%) viewers, when Gabby Logan and Matt Baker were at the helm.

Last night’s edition was above the equivalent episode’s audience of 3.3m (18.1%) on 16 August 2009, while the arrival of Manford and Jones proved more popular than Bleakley’s debut, which pulled in an audience of 3.4m (19.3%) on 16 August 2007.

ITV’s Emmerdale won the slot with an audience of 6.1m (31.8%) from 7pm to 7.30pm, while Dan Snow’s Norman Walks was watched by 1.12m (5.8%) over the same period.

The Channel 5 News informed 130,000 (0.7%) in the half-hour slot and Channel 4’s bulletin was watched by 700,000 (3.5%) from 7pm to 7.55pm. A further 431,000 (0.2%) tuned in on C4+1.

Dragon’s slay Mark Austin

Later in the evening BBC2’s Dragons’ Den made toast of the competition, beating ITV’s Real Crime with Mark Austin.

The business show fired up an audience of 2.78m (11.5%) on BBC2 and 54,900 (0.23%) on BBC HD across the 9pm hour, while Austin’s look at UK criminal activity only drew 2.65m (10.9%) to ITV1 and 33,900 (0.14%) to ITV1 HD in the same slot.

Dragons’ Den also outwitted Channel 4 ob-doc The Hospital, which treated an audience of 1.4m (5.8%) at 9pm and an additional 166,400 (0.9%) on time-adjusted C4+1.

BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are? won the slot with an audience of 5.18m (21.4%), while film Inferno delivered 1.31m (6%) to C5 from 9pm to 10.55pm.

Tables

BBC1 (*inc. HD)

TimeTitleAudienceShare
19.00-19.30The One Show*4.5m23.5%
19.30-20.00Saints and Scroungers3.83m18.4%
20.00-20.30EastEnders8.04m34.9%
20.30-21.00Panorama: Death in the Med2.28m9.8%
21.00-22.00Who Do You Think You Are 5/95.18m21.4%


BBC2 (*inc. HD)

TimeTitleAudienceShare
19.00-19.30Dan Snow’s Norman Walks 1/31.12m5.8%
19.30-20.00Roger and Val Have Just Got In700,0003.4%
20.00-20.30University Challenge2.34m10.1%
20.30-21.00Antiques Master 7/121.82m7.8%
21.00-22.00Dragons’ Den* 6/102.8m11.7%


ITV1

TimeTitleAudienceShare
19.00-19.30Emmerdale6.1m31.8%
19.30-20.00Coronation Street7.92m37.9%
20.00-20.30Countrywise3.24m14.1%
20.30-21.00Coronation Street8.37m35.8%
21.00-22.00Real Crime with Mark Austin2.65m10.9%


CHANNEL 4 (+1)

TimeTitleAudienceShare
19.00-19.55Channel 4 News700,000 (43,100)3.5 (0.2)
19.55-20.004thought.tv580,000 (53,400)2.7 (0.2)
20.00-21.00Our Drugs War 3/3740,000 (115,400)3.2 (0.5)
21.00-22.00The Hospital 4/51.4m (166,400)5.8 (0.9)


FIVE

TimeTitleAudienceShare
19.00-19.30Five News130,0000.7%
19.30-20.00How Do They Do It?640,0003.1%
20.00-21.00Gadget Show1.03m4.5%
21.00-22.55FILM: Inferno1.31m6%