Ashes To Ashes Destroys Opposition

New series wins the ratings battle by nearly two million viewers

Ashes to Ashes, the Life on Mars spin-off, returned to BBC1 with seven million viewers beating ITV1's Trial and Retribution into second place with 5.1 million viewers.

BBC2 and Channel were left trailing in the 9pm slot with 2.3 million watching Never Mind the Buzzcocks, one million watching Little Miss Jocelyn (come on, own up) and 1.4 million watching Who Killed the Playboy Earl?

Admittedly, Ashes to Ashes benefited from a publicity blitz this past week, but that's still a great result.