THURSDAY: E4 comedy PhoneShop called up a modest audience on its return as ITV2’s Celebrity Juice squeezed in an audience of more than 1.5m.

The E4 sitcom amused 193,100 (0.97%) from 10pm to 10.30pm and drew a further 126,600 (1.11%) on E4+1, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.

It was PhoneShop’s second lowest overnights to date and below E4’s 12-month slot average of 330,000 (1.6%).

Going up against the might of ITV2’s Celebrity Juice will not have helped its cause.

The comedy panel show, hosted by Keith Lemon, drew 1.54m (8.07%) with an I’m a Celebrity… special.

It topped all audiences of the recent series, with the exception of 27 October when guests Ant & Dec helped pull 1.775m (9.09%).

Elsewhere at the time, BBC3’s 10pm EastEnders repeat drew 708,200 (3.55%) before a new edition of Russell Howard’s Good News reported a series high of 822,200 (5.07%) from 10.30pm, delivering a further 16,000 (0.1%) on its BBC HD simulcast.

Despite being well received by critics, BBC4’s Australian drama The Slap continued to lose its audience.

Three episodes into the series, it drew 244,000 (1.32%) across the 10pm hour – down on the debut audience of 613,600 (3.25%).