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Countryfile beats Dancing On Ice in ratings

Beth Tweddle with partner Dan Whiston
Beth Tweddle won the eighth series of Dancing On Ice with partner Dan Whiston

Seven million people saw gymnast Beth Tweddle win ITV's Dancing On Ice on Sunday - but the show was beaten in the ratings by BBC One's Countryfile.

Prince Charles was guest editor of Countryfile: A Royal Appointment to mark the show's 25th anniversary.

The programme was watched by an average of 7.2 million people, peaking at 8.2 million, according to initial overnight figures.

Dancing on Ice had an audience of 6.9 million, with a peak of 7.2 million.

Tweddle and her professional partner, Dan Whiston, beat EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas in the final.

On Saturday, ITV's Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway beat the final of BBC One's Let's Dance for Comic Relief in the ratings battle.

An average of 4.5 million people saw Coronation Street star Antony Cotton triumph in Let's Dance for Comic Relief with a routine to Anything Goes set in an old people's home.

But that was down from the seven million who tuned in for the opening episode in February.

A peak of 5.8 million tuned in to see Cotton crowned at the end of Saturday's show.

Let's Dance was outmanoeuvred by Ant and Dec, who registered an average audience of 6.7 million viewers and a peak of 7.4 million.

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