Daily TV Marketplace - Party leaders draw 4.1m to Question Time special

Almost one in five TV viewers tuned to BBC One last night to see prime minister Tony Blair face questions from the public about the legality of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Around 4.1 million viewers watched the 90-minute Question Time: Leaders’ Special, featuring Tory leader Michael Howard, Blair and Liberal Democrat chief Charles Kennedy, with a peak of 4.5 million viewers and a 20% share of the audience at 9pm.

The sight of the UK’s political leaders sweat it out on BBC One was matched in the premiere of Super Size Me, starring the self-abusing Morgan Spurlock, on Channel 4.

An equalling 4.1 million viewers, 19.3% of the market, watched him eat only McDonald’s meals for a month, as part of a cholesterol-inducing experiment to track the affects on the human body of a constant diet of fast food.

Food of a slightly different kind was being served up on ITV1’s Hells Kitchen as 4.2 million viewers watched the sacking of two more chefs, shattering further hopes of them winning their own restaurant.

Earlier on ITV1, Footballers’ Wives continued to chart the sleazy world of celebrity soccer, with latest episode clinching a quarter of the audience and 5.8 million viewers.

Meanwhile Five’s prime time offering pulled in 2 million viewers with the film The Rookie, starring Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen – a formulaic action flick about veteran cop and his new partner on the trail of a car thief.

Helen Kaye

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