RATINGS! News coverage of London terrorist attack dominates viewing figures

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News coverage of yesterday's terrorist attack in London dominated the TV ratings last night.

At least four people were killed and a further 40 were injured in the terrorist attack in Westminster.


Both ITV and BBC ditched scheduled programming to issue news bulletins throughout the afternoon and evening.

A number of shows were cut from schedules including The Nightly Show, The Chase and Tipping Point while the BBC moved Pointless over to BBC Two.

The most watched show of the day was the 6PM BBC news which had 7.5 million viewers, while the News At Ten later on in the evening had 6.4 million.

On ITV, the Evening News had 3.3 million viewers while Channel 4 had 1 million viewers for its controversial coverage.

The news channels also saw big viewing numbers: The BBC Nws channel was the most watched multichannel of the day with 900000 viewers at 5PM. BBC News' hourly bulletins in fact occupied seven of the top ten broadcasts of the evening.


Away from the news, the most watched programme was ITV's coverage of the England v Germany football match which averaged 5.5 million viewers. Earlier, Emmerdale aired in an earlier slot to 4.7 million.

On Channel 5, Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away! opened up its new series to 1.5 million viewers and on BBC Two, The House That £100k Built had 1.4 million.

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