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First 'Talent' semi pulls in 11.8 million

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First 'Talent' semi pulls in 11.8 million
An average of 11.77m (49.2%) tuned in for the first Britain's Got Talent semi-final on Sunday night, overnight figures show.

The first live show of the series saw favourite Susan Boyle and dance act Diversity progress to Saturday's final. The episode, which aired between 8.30pm and 10pm, peaked with 13.59m (53.7%) at 9.35pm.

ITV2's spinoff show Britain's Got More Talent was by far the most watched multichannel programme of the day, registering 1.61m (9.4%) from 9.50pm and 132k (1.3%) on timeshift.

The final episode of Inspector George Gently held up reasonably well opposite Talent, averaging 4.65m (19.4%) for BBC One over 90 minutes from 8.30pm.

Earlier, a new episode of Heartbeat brought in 4.48m (24.2%) to ITV1 at 7.30pm, beating BBC One's Countryfile, which had 3.65m (19.8%).

Channel 4's screening of the first Night at the Museum movie put in a hefty 3.39m (20.6%) from 6.15pm, after which Come Dine With Me appealed to 1.23m (5.2%). At 9.30pm, a repeat of The Secret Millionaire took 770k (3.3%).

BBC Two's South Pacific - this week profiling the coast of New Zealand - put in 1.24m (5.3%) from 8.30pm, then a Europe-focused Incredible Human Journey took 1.66m (7.2%).

Five's screening of WWII actioner Where Eagles Dare averaged 734k (3.4%) between 8pm and 11.05pm.

ITV1 had an average audience share of 31.8% in primetime, almost 11 points clear of BBC One's 20.9% average. Channel 4 was third with 9.6% (+1: 1.9%), followed by BBC Two with 5.5% and Five with 3.3%.

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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