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Wednesday, 25 September, 2002, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Moyles hits half-million mark
Chris Moyles
Moyles' live show was launched on Monday
Chris Moyles' new nightly show for Five pulled in 500,000 viewers on Tuesday night - a slight improvement on Monday's launch audience of 400,000.

The audience was Tuesday's lowest on terrestrial TV for the 1900 timeslot, representing 2.6% of available viewers, only just beating a programme last Tuesday about cathedral art.

Five had launched the laddish talk show with much fanfare, including a poster campaign.

A repeat showing at 0030 pulled in just 100,000 people - half the audience for BBC Two's Open University at the same time.

Chris Moyles
Moyles currently hosts a daily show on Radio 1 at 1500
Live With Chris Moyles was heralded as the cornerstone of Channel 5's autumn schedule and accompanied by a major sponsorship deal with lager brand Carling.

'Disenfranchised males'

Five's head of sponsorship Jonathan Lewis said the programme promised to be "a great show - topical, engaging and very funny".

Broadcast live and set in a bar in King's Cross, London, the show is the brainchild of Chris Evans, who said the programme was aimed at what he called "disenfranchised young males" who are not attracted by early evening TV.

It bears many similarities to Evans' old Channel 4 show TFI Friday, axed in 2001 after being dubbed outdated by critics.

Live With Chris Moyles even uses the same music to illustrate items - the Gallery theme from 1970s children's show Vision On.

Tuesday's biggest audience-puller was BBC One's EastEnders, with 11.2m viewers - a 52.7% share of viewing.

It was followed by Emmerdale on ITV1 with 7.9m viewers - a 41.3% share - in the same timeslot as Live With Chris Moyles.

The unofficial overnight figures also show 5.6m people - a 25.3% share - saw Manchester United's 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on ITV1.

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