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RATINGS! Not Going Out, Married At First Sight, Masterchef and more viewing figures

Not Going Out returned to BBC One last night with 3.7 million viewers.


In the latest series, Not Going Out sees Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) living in the anarchy of a packed family house with kids Charlie and twin siblings, Benji and Molly.

As if children weren’t enough to keep the couple crashing from one near-disaster to the next, factor in lovably feckless father, Frank (Bobby Ball), close friends in the form of the world-weary, or more specifically wife-weary, Toby (Hugh Dennis) and uptight ice-queen Anna (Abigail Cruttenden), plus Lucy’s parents Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead) and Wendy (Deborah Grant).

The first episode aired last night (March 9) in a new Thursday night slot, winning the 9PM hour for the BBC. Across on ITV, doc Rachel Nickell: The Untold Story hosted by Fiona Bruce had 2.6 million viewers.

Elsewhere in the 9PM hour, Married at first sight concluded its latest four-part series with 2 million viewers on Channel 4.

In the soaps, Emmerdale had 5.7 million and 5.2 million for its two episodes while EastEnders averaged 5.1 million for its latest instalment. All were down by more than a million viewers on last week’s snow-inflated numbers.

On BBC One, MasterChef continued with 4.2 million viewers while Do the Right Thing with Eamonn and Ruth launched with fewer than a million viewers on Channel 5.