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Brian Dowling presents the latest incarnation of Big Brother

Brian Dowling presents the latest incarnation of Big Brother

Brian Dowling presents the latest incarnation of Big Brother

Big Brother is pulling in little over half of the audience it attracted for its final run on Channel 4, latest figures show.

Average audiences for the Channel 5 version of the show since it launched on Friday amount to 1.7 million.

It compares with an an average of 3.2 million who watched the first five episodes of the programme for its swansong series on C4 in 2010.

The figures are almost 47% down on last year's series, which began in May rather than August.

Big Brother's comeback on Channel 5, presented by Brian Dowling, launched just a day after the three-week run of Celebrity Big Brother - which was won by Paddy Doherty - came to a close.

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