BBC show Let's Dance for Comic Relief returned with 7.5 million viewers for the 2011 series last night, early overnight viewing figures show. The numbers - which make it the most watched debut episode of the show ever - saw Ant & Dec's 'Push The Button' suffer, with fewer than 5 million viewers.
An average audience of 7.56 million tuned into BBC One last night from 7PM to see the first lot of six celebrities perform in a bid to go through to the grand final next month. A peak audience of 8.40 million watched Katie Price close the first episode of the six series, which saw comedian Russell Kane and Price voted through to the final.
The tough competition knocked Ant & Dec's 'Push The Button' game show on ITV1 down to 4.5 million viewers, down nearly two million viewers on the equivalent episode of the show's first series. Earlier and Harry Hill's latest TV Burp instalment also saw disappointing figures, with 4.35 tuning from 19:20, the FA Cup football coverage saw an average audience of 6.12 million from 16:35.
Elsewhere and X-men pulled in just over 1 million viewers over two hours for Channel 4, followed by the latest episode of Million Pound Drop, watched by just under two million viewers.
Overall it was an easy win for the BBC One in Primetime, grabbing over 26% of the share compared to ITV1's 18%.