Chelsea 1 The Apprentice 0 in ratings league battle

ITV1's Champions League Live was watched by a million more viewers than BBC1's business reality show

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Dyed-in-the-wool Tottenham Hotspur fan Alan Sugar was beaten by his west London rivals last night after Chelsea’s Champions League match against Barcelona on ITV1 outplayed The Apprentice on BBC1. 

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Champions League Live averaged 7.1 million viewers, a 29.6 per cent audience share, between 7:30pm and 10pm, while coverage of the match itself – which kicked off at 7:45pm and saw Chelsea manage a 1-0 win over Barcelona – averaged around 8 million viewers.

Over on BBC1, meanwhile, Lord Sugar’s business reality show managed an average of just 6.1 million, a 23.9 per cent share for its 9-10pm slot, and a drop of  900,000 from last week’s season high of 7 million.

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The football also swept BBC1’s Waterloo Road before it. The school-set drama series was watched by 4.4 million viewers (18.4 per cent) between 8pm and 9pm.