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'Talent' appeals to 12.2 million

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'Talent' appeals to 12.2 million

Rex Features

Britain's Got Talent ascended the ratings again on Saturday night, according to early figures.

The third episode of the third series, which featured contributions from now-axed fourth judge Kelly Brook, drew an average of 12.24m (52.3%) in the 8pm hour for ITV1. The figure is up around 400k on last week's episode, which itself was up 1.3m on the premiere.

This week's episode peaked with 13.16m (54.4%) at 8.40pm.

After Talent, the latest episode of Hell's Kitchen appealed to 4.67m (20.9%), then a screening of GoldenEye put in 2.25m (13.2%). Earlier, Primeval had brought in 4.87m (25.6%) for the channel.

Overall, ITV1 had a confident 29% share throughout primetime.

On BBC One, Robin Hood delivered 3.63m (22.1%) from 6.15pm, then the second episode of John Barrowman's Tonight's The Night grew the audience to 3.97m (20.9%). The National Lottery: 1 vs 100 and ensuing Lottery draw managed 3.45m (15%) and 4.04m (17.1%) respectively. Casualty notched up the channel's highest audience of the day, with 5.05m (21.8%) tuning in from 8.50pm.

Channel 4's Time Team: Secrets of a Tudor Mansion had 846k (3.6%) in the 8pm hour, just outdoing the 830k (3.6%) for Restoration Revisited on BBC Two.

Have I Got A Bit More News For You appealed to 2.01m (8.8%) for BBC Two at 9pm, while on Channel 4, a screening of My Best Friend's Wedding was seen by 1.34m (6.6%).

Five's NCIS double bill claimed audiences of 789k (3.6%) and 1.15m (4.9%) respectively from 7.45pm, then a new episode of CSI: NY averaged 2.27m (11.2%). Law & Order closed off prime for Five with 1.12m (7.7%).

BBC One was a distant second place in primetime with an average audience share of 19.4%. BBC Two was third with 6.2%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.4% (+1: 0.7%) and Five with 6%.

Spinoff programme Britain's Got More Talent topped the multichannel ratings for the day, taking 1.39m (6.8%) for ITV2 in the 9pm hour.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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