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

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Series 10 of ITV comedy Benidorm continued with just over 3 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 seventh instalment last night (Wednesday, April 18) was watched by 3.3 million viewers on ITV. The episode saw a slight decrease of 400,000 viewers on last week's episode.

Benidorm managed to better BBC One in the 9PM slot, with the second part of Stephen Lawrence documentary The Murder That Changed a Nation interesting 2 million viewers.

Only the News At Ten had more than 3 million viewers in BBC One's primetime schedule, with 2.9 million catching Watchdog and 2.4 million watching The One Show.

It was the soaps that topped the night's ratings: Coronation Street pulled in 6.5 million viewers for its first episode of the night while 5.7 million returned for the second instalment.

5.4 million watched Emmerdale while elsewhere on ITV, Anne Hegerty's game show Britain's Brightest Family continued with 3.2 million.

Elsewhere, on Channel 4, The Secret Life of the Zoo began its new series with 1.7 million viewers.


One Born Every Minute and First Dates both followed with over a million viewers.

On BBC Two, American Crime Story's The Assassination of Gianni Versace continued with 800,000 viewers.

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