RATINGS! Benidorm, MasterChef, First Dates, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and more viewing figures

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Series 10 of ITV comedy Benidorm continued with 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 fifth instalment last night (Wednesday, April 4) was watched by 4 million viewers on ITV. The episode saw a slight decrease of 100,000 viewers on its last episode, which aired two weeks ago.

Benidorm bettered BBC One in the 9PM slot with My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me, which saw Patrick Kielty exploring the legacy of Northern Ireland's peace deal, seen by 2.3 million.

Earlier in the evening, MasterChef continued with 4.5 million viewers, up 500,000 viewers on last week (against The Real Full Monty) and 200,000 above the two-weeks-ago figure.

It was the soaps that topped the night's ratings: Coronation Street put in a strong 7.3 million viewers for its first episode of the night while 6.3 million returned for the second instalment.

6.5 million watched Emmerdale while elsewhere on ITV, Anne Hegerty's game show Britain's Brightest Family continued with 3.5 million.

Elsewhere, on Channel 4, Series 10 of first dates launched to 1.3 million viewers.

It was the most popular 10pm show for 16-34 year olds, Channel 4 revealed.

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