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Britain's Got Talent dominates Saturday night with 8.8 million

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Britain's Got Talent dominated primetime with nearly 8.8 million last night (May 17), according to overnight data.

The talent show competition attracted 8.79m (40.9%) from 8.15pm (+1: 478k/2.5%) after its start was delayed by the FA Cup final.

Britain's Got Talent: Doggy Disco

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Britain's Got Talent


The football, which was contested between Arsenal and Hull City, averaged 5.35m (40.6%) from 3pm. Elsewhere, Amazing Greys managed 2.02m (11%) after Britain's Got Talent finished.

On BBC One, 7pm's Pointless Celebrities took 2.87m (15.3%), The National Lottery: In It to Win It earned 3.18m (15.9%) afterwards and The Guess List took 2.74m (14.4%) from 9.35pm.

BBC Two's Museums at Night had 385k (2.1%) in the 7pm hour. Bob Larbey: A Tribute followed with 571k (3%), while a Comedy Connections repeat and All About the Good Life averaged 753k (3.6%) and 1.09m (5.2%) respectively.

Channel 4 showed repeats of The Restoration Man (345k/1.8%) and Grand Designs (656k/3.2%) before X-Men: First Class entertained 2.12m (12%) from 9pm.

'X-Men: First Class' still

X-Men: First Class


Meanwhile, two Channel 5 repeat episodes of NCIS managed 497k (2.4%) and 435k (2.1%) in the 8pm and 9pm slots respectively.

On the multichannels, Britain's Got More Talent was watched by 451k (2.1%) on ITV2 from 8.50pm.

The latest series of BBC Four's Wallander opened with 812k (4.1%) from 9pm.

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