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Big Brother enjoyed another rise in ratings on Friday night as Dan Neal became the fifth person to be evicted from the house.

According to overnight figures around 1.66m tuned in to the show between 9pm and 10.30 as the former police officer got his marching orders – while an additional 122,000 watched an hour later on Channel 5+1.

That represents a slight rise from the 1.56m who tuned in to see Jackie Travers evicted last Friday – with ratings for the eviction nights having risen gradually in recent weeks.

Friday’s eviction show saw the housemates discover that Sam, Sophie and Dan – who they thought had been immune from the public vote due to being in the ‘safe house’ – were in fact the ones facing the chop.

Dan was the first male housemate to be officially evicted, following the departures of Jackie, Sallie Axl, Jemima Slade and Wolfy Millington.

Meanwhile Gina Rio remains the hot favourite to win the series.

Bookies are offering odds of 4-5 on the socialite – who was a rank outsider when she first entered the house – being crowned series champion.

Sam Evans is second favourite at 5-1 while Dexter Koh has crept up in the betting – after surviving a string of eviction votes – and is now 9-1 to win.

Sophie Lawrence is fourth favourite with odds of 10-1.

However it’s not such good news for Callum Knell and Charlie Travers, who are among the outsiders at 20-1 and 28-1 respectively.

And Hazel O’Sullivan – still reeling from being dubbed the house ‘snake’ by viewers – looks to have no chance of winning at 66-1.