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'Strictly Come Dancing' 2012 finale second most-watched ever

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Strictly Come Dancing's grand finale peaked with 14 million viewers last night, early overnight data shows.

Gymnast Louis Smith's win in Saturday's tenth series climax was the second most-watched ever behind 2010's finale.

Strictly Come Dancing Final: Louis and Flavia

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Strictly Come Dancing Final: Tess and Daly

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BBC One's 90-minute broadcast, airing between 6.30pm and 8pm, averaged 12.35m and a 49.1% share - eclipsing the audience for last year's final.

The penultimate episode of Merlin followed with an impressive 7.25m (30.2%), before Strictly returned at 9pm for its results show with 12.11m (46.4%). BBC News logged 8.44m (36.6%) and Match of the Day capped an excellent night for the channel with 3.97m (24.9%).

Earlier in the evening, Pointless Celebrities entertained 5.96m (29.2%), while ITV1 could only muster 1.61m (6.3%) for The Nation's Favourite Christmas Song from 6.30pm (+1: 143,000).

The Jonathan Ross Show, ITV1
Paddy McGuinness's 2012 Show and Telly gave ITV its biggest audience of the night, pulling in 2.99m (12.4%) from 8pm, after which a Jonathan Ross Show special mustered 1.89m (7.5%) from 9pm (+1: 420k).

A Top of the Pops 2 festive edition enthralled 1.99m (8%) on BBC Two from 8pm, while 5's screening of A Christmas Carol interested 1.49m (6%) as well as 154k on +1. Channel 4's film Four Christmases fetched 1.48m (6%) from 9pm (+1: 496k).

Overall, BBC One dominated primetime with a huge 40% share, way ahead of ITV1's 8.7% (+1: 0.8%), BBC Two's 5.7%, Channel 5's 5.1% (+1: 0.5%) and Channel 4's 4% (+1: 0.8%)

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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