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'Grass' up by a million

Neil Wilkes Digital Spy 03 October 2005

The Green Green Grass ascended in the ratings on Friday night, early figures suggest.

The Only Fools and Horses spinoff added an impressive 1 million viewers to average 6.54 million (30.1%) at 9pm and a fourth place ranking overall.

The show pulled back ahead of ITV1's Taggart, which took fifth with 6.25 million (30.5%) between 9pm and 10.30pm.

Coronation Street was the day's top performer, averaging 10.03 million (48%) at 7.30pm, comfortably ahead of EastEnders (8.97 million, 42%). Emmerdale had 8.28 million (44.6%) for third.

Meanwhile, the launch of Channel 4's new Friday night lineup had a mediocre reception, led by Gene Simmons' Rock School, which managed 2.04 million (9.9%) at 9.30pm. New comedy Spoons had 1.49 million (7.7%) at 10pm.

Jordan and Peter: Marriage and Mayhem was the top draw in multichannel homes, commanding 800,000 (5.5%) for ITV2 in the 9pm hour.

A new episode of QI: Quite Interesting fared well for BBC Four at 10.30pm, pulling in 495,000 (4.4%) and fourth place.

Other strong performers included Living TV's CSI with 329,000 (2.3%), Sky One's profile of The Harlem Globetrotters with 241,000 (1.7%) and ITV3 comedy Clockwise, seen by 241,000 (1.8%).