The second Big Brother eviction of the series saw a slight decline in viewers from the previous week’s eviction night – with 200,000 fewer tuning in.
According to overnight figures around 1.48m tuned in on Friday night as Jemima Slade became the second person to be booted out of the house.
The 41-year-old dating website manager had been the odds-on favourite to leave ahead of celebrity publicist Dexter Koh – who was handed a reprieve for the second week running.
The figures – which include 48,000 viewers tuning in on catch-up channel Channel 5+1 – might have been down on the previous week but still gave Channel 5 a lead over Channel 4 in the 9-10.30pm timeslot.
Channel 4’s game show The Million Pound Drop – hosted by former Big Brother presenter Davina McCall – pulled in just 1.16m viewers between 9 and 10.30pm.
And those figures top off a week which saw Channel 5 overtake Channel 4 to become the fourth most popular station among viewers.
Although C4 scored a big audience hit with The Man With The 10-Stone Testicles on Monday night – which was seen by just under four million viewers – it has lost out to Channel 5 on other nights, notably on Thursday when only one of its shows pulled in more than one million viewers.
Channel 5’s audience has reportedly been boosted by its Big Brother highlights shows which, while less popular than in 2012, have still been pulling in an average audience of 1.3m nightly.