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Friday 'Talent' pulls in 13.1 million

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The last semi-final of Britain's Got Talent drew 13.14m (57.3%) on Friday night, according to overnight figures.

The 90-minute show helped ITV1 to an average share of 40% in primetime. Saturday's final went on to peak with an audience of 19.2 million.

Spinoff show Britain's Got More Talent drew 1.12m (6.6%) to ITV2 in the 10pm hour.

Talent dented the audience for Have I Got News For You to 3.51m (15%), a fall of around 2m. The final episode of Reggie Perrin followed with 2.46m (10.4%) for BBC One at 9.30pm. An hour earlier, clipshow Total Wipeout Fast Forward had pulled in 1.42m (6.6%).

At 8pm, Gardeners' World interested 2.07m (10.3%) on BBC Two, while a Tonight report on botched cosmetic surgery ops drew 2.48m (13.5%) to ITV1 in the first half of the hour.

Police Interceptors took 839k (4.2%) for Five and outperformed the 780k (3.9%) audience for A Place In The Sun: Home Or Away on Channel 4.

A rerun of NCIS brought in 1.04m (4.4%) to Five in the 9pm hour, while on C4, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA appealed to just 440k (1.8%). BBC Two's new poetry series My Life In Verse, this week featuring Sheila Hancock, drew a disappointing 840k (3.6%).

BBC One was second in primetime with an average share of 17.5%, while BBC Two took third with 6.4%. Five was fourth with 4.2%, followed by Channel 4 with 3.5% (+1: 0.5%).

Ratings data supplied by Attentional

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