RATINGS! Benidorm, DIY SOS, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and more viewing figures

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Series 10 of ITV comedy Benidorm continued with fewer than 4 million viewers last night.

The new series of Benidorm sees legendary comedy duo Hale & Pace join the cast as undercover detectives investigating Tim Healy’s character Les/Lesley, who returns to the series full time.

The nine-episode series also sees Shane Richie back, reprising his role as lively entertainer Sammy Valentino and John Challis becomes a series regular with his character Monty Staines.

The third instalment last night (Wednesday, March 15), which featured a cameo from the Chuckle brothers, was watched by 3.7 million viewers on ITV. The episode saw a decrease of some 700,000 viewers on last week’s show.

However Benidorm easily beat BBC One in the 9PM slot, as documentary Saving the British Bulldog interested fewer than two million million.

It was the soaps that topped the night’s ratings: Coronation Street put in a strong 6.9 million viewers for its first episode of the night while 6 million returned for the second instalment.

6.2 million watched Emmerdale while elsewhere on ITV, Anne Hegerty’s game show Britain’s Brightest Family continued with 3.4 million. It faced DIY SOS on BBC One which had 3.9 million viewers, down 800,000 viewers on last week.

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