The return of Marco Pierre White at the helm of ITV1's Hell's Kitchen turned up the heat at 9pm last night with 5m viewers (20.9% share), getting the better of BBC1 film King Arthur.

The hour-long show, featuring a team of celebrities attempting to cook for a restaurant, was up by 1.4m compared to the start of the last run of the series on 3 September when just 3.6m (17.2%) tuned in. The show though was down on the channel's slot average so far this year of 6.5m (26.6%) thanks to some big hitting dramas at that time. Last year the channel managed to average 4.7m (19.9%) at the time.

The ITV1 show got the better of BBC1's action adventure film King Arthur. The two-hour movie, starring Clive Owen and Kiera Knightley, managed 4.7m (22%).

BBC2 found itself at the bottom of the terrestrial pile at 9pm as its US acquisition Heroes continued to under-perform. The latest 45-minute episode managed 1.3m (5.4%). Getting a slender lead over BBC2 at the time was Five's Extreme Fishing with Robson Green on 1.4m (5.8%).

Further ahead at 9pm was the second part of Channel 4's historical documentary series Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant, which picked up a respectable 2m (8.5%) over an hour with 100,000 on C4+1.

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