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

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


'Doctor Who's Matt Smith

Jack Whitehall and Jonathan Ross get into onesies


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'


'The Mentalist'

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


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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