The Only Way Is Essex returns to a record 1 million viewers on ITV2

The Only Way Is Essex

Series 2 of The Only Way Is Essex got off a great start last night, recording the show's best ever ratings with more than 1 million viewers tuning in at 10PM on ITV2. The premiere out-rated the previous high of 885,000 set by last year's show and became ITV2's most watched show of the night.

991,000 tuned in from 10PM - a 5% audience share - while a further 117,000 decided to watch an hour later on ITV2+1. Earlier, The Only Way is Essex: Totally Vajazzled was watched by 370,000 from 9PM while The Only Way is Essex: Music Video entertained 440,000.

Over on ITV1 and the semi-final of Dancing On Ice picked up an impressive audience of 8.3 million viewers from 18:40, as the four remaining celebrities skated solo routines for the first time. Duran Duran: One Night Only however failed to capitalise on such a big lead in, dipping to just 3.9 million after the performance show.

The poor Duran Duran ratings hit the Dancing On Ice results show, which slipped to 6.4 million between 9:30PM and 10PM when Johnson was eliminated from the show.

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