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Comic Relief Red Nose Day BBC One telethon attracts 12.2 million peak

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Last night's Comic Relief telethon on BBC One pulled in a peak of 12.2 million viewers, the latest overnight data has shown.

The 25th Red Nose Day special peaked between 8.15pm and 8.30pm during Peter Kay's sit-down challenge.

Matt Smith makes a special appearance during Comic Relief

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'Doctor Who's Matt Smith

Jack Whitehall and Jonathan Ross get into onesies

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Jack Whitehall and Jonathan Ross



> Red Nose Day raises record-breaking £75m for Comic Relief

The extravaganza, which also featured Jessie J, Simon Cowell and David Walliams, matched 2011's event by averaging 9.87m - a 40.6% audience share - between 7pm and 10.30pm.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories, which last week achieved its best ratings in two-and-a-half years, plummeted to 2.82m (11.4%) due to its Comic Relief clash, with the ITV programme adding 117,000 on +1 for an interview with Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli.

Channel 4 was unable to surpass the one million viewer mark in primetime, with movie The Bank Job grabbing 907k (4.2%) between 9pm and 11.15pm - adding 174k on timeshift.

Meanwhile, Channel 5 commanded a healthier 1.16m (4.7%) in the 9pm hour for US drama The Mentalist, and BBC Two took 4.48m (26%) at 10pm for Comic Relief: Funny for Money as BBC One joined BBC News at Ten.

Owain Yeoman as Wayne Risby in 'The Mentalist'

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'The Mentalist'

The Royle Family attempt to give the fundraising hotline during 'Funny for Money'

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The Royle Family on Comic Relief



Comic Relief: Funny for Money returned to BBC One at 10.35pm with an audience of 2.4m (35%) from then until it came off air at 2am.

Overall, BBC One dominated primetime with a huge 38.6% share, thrashing ITV's 17.7% (+1: 0.5%). BBC Two claimed third place with 6.9%, easily outperforming 5's 3.1% (+1: 0.2%) and 4's 3% (+1: 0.4%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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