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Manchester United scores temporary win for Channel 5

Channel 5 enjoys more than 4 million viewers with Man Utd Europa League exit, while Love Life loses out to MasterChef

Manchester United's elimination from the Europa League proved a ratings winner for Channel 5 finishing with more than 4 million viewers.

Channel 5's coverage of the last 16 second-leg tie against Athletic Bilbao, which Manchester United lost 2-1, was watched by 2.8 million viewers, a 13.9% share, between 5.15pm and 8.05pm on Thursday.

But it is likely to be the last bumper Europa League night for the channel, with both Manchester teams now eliminated and ITV picking up the rights to the tournament next season.

The match itself, which kicked off at 6pm, averaged 3.3 million, with a five-minute peak of 4.3 million.

With an earlier kick off, it was down on the first leg tie between the two teams which United lost 3-2 and was watched by 3.4 million viewers, peaking with 5.1 million.

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