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BBC1's week of episodes featuring return of Sharon ends with 6.9 million viewers, as ITV special on Kenya trip gets 1.9 million

ITV1's soap spin-off Corrie Goes To Kenya drew fewer than 2 million viewers on Friday night as it found itself up against the seventh EastEnders episode of the week.

Corrie Goes To Kenya, in which some of the stars of the soap went to Kenya to work with an HIV and drug abuse charity, had 1.9 million viewers, an 8.9% share, between 9pm and 10pm on Friday.

The ITV1 documentary predictably lost out to its Albert Square rival, which rounded off a week of episodes to mark the return of Sharon to the square with 6.9 million viewers, 31.7% of the audience between 9pm and 9.30pm.

It was also up against BBC1's returning sitcom, In With The Flynns, starring Will Mellor and Warren Clarke, which began its second series with 3.2 million viewers (15.8%) between 9.30pm and 10pm. »

- John Plunkett

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