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

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Series 10 of ITV comedy Benidorm continued with more 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 fourth instalment last night (Wednesday, March 22) was watched by 4.1 million viewers on ITV. The episode saw an increase of some 400,000 viewers on last week’s show.

Benidorm bettered BBC One in the 9PM slot with Zoe Ball’s Hardest Road Home, following the TV star on her Sport Relief cycling challenge, seen by 2.6 million.

Earlier in the evening, MasterChef continued with 4.3 million viewers.

It was the soaps that topped the night’s ratings: Coronation Street put in a strong 7 million viewers for its first episode of the night while 6.3 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 3.3 million.

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