TUESDAY: BBC1’s The Capture wins the 9pm slot as C4’s KitKat challenge performs strongly with younger viewers

Snackmasters (Channel 4) 9.15pm-10.15pm
1.8m (10.6%)

Snackmasters

Channel 4’s new food format, which opened by challenging some of the country’s top chefs to recreate the KitKat, launched comfortably above the 1.4m (8.2%) slot average.

The first in a 4-part run of the Optomen show almost doubled the benchmark share of 25-34 year olds from 12.5% to 23.5% and boosted the 16-24 age range from 12.5% to 21.5.%.

One of C4’s top original series launches this year, Snackmasters couldn’t quite match the 2m (13.8%) that tuned into the opener of Sink or Swim in a 9.30pm slot in August, straight after the launch episode of The Great British Bake Off.

This week’s GBBO - dessert week - sweetened the fancy of 5.5m (26.6%) from 8pm.

The Tuesday 9pm top slot was once again taken by BBC1 drama The Capture. The fifth episode of the Heyday TV/NBCUniversal International Studios drama brought in 3.6m (19%) - up on the slot’s 3.1m (16.7%) average.

Narrowly ahead of C4’s Snackmasters was a repeat of ITV’s Long Lost Family, which attracted a round 2m (11%) according to Barb data from overnights.tv

At its midway point, Boundless’ six-parter Love In The Countryside drew 1.2m (6.2%) as sheepdog trainer Katy welcome three suitors into her remote Cumbrian home in the hope of finding love. Viewed by a gender split of 60% female to 40% male, the episode was a tad down on the 1.3m (7%) slot average.

Channel 5’s Inside the Tower of London hit the 1m mark (5.1%) and finished bang on the slot average, as Tracy Boorman explored the background to the execution of Lady Jane Grey.

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