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'Got Talent' final peaks with 14.1m

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Spelbound in Britain's Got Talent: Final

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Britain's Got Talent's grand finale pulled in 11.77m (52.1%) for ITV1 last night, according to early figures.

Spelbound's triumph was seen by a 5-minute peak of 14.14m (57.2%) at 9.50pm. Unlike last year, the final was packed into one programme, airing between 7.30pm and 10pm. 571k (2.5%) watched the programme on ITV1 HD.

However, Got Talent's average and peak audiences showed a hefty year-on-year decline. Britain's Got More Talent attracted 1.54m (8.2%) to ITV2 immediately after the main show.

Doctor Who delivered 4.71m (27.7%) to BBC One from 6.40pm. Richard Curtis's 'Vincent And The Doctor' beat ITV1's The Whole 19 Yards, which brought in 3.34m (20.2%) from 6.30pm. Earlier on BBC One, Shrek 2 interested 2.58m (20.7%).

Later on, Casualty mustered 3.12m (13.3%) from 8.20pm, the drama's lowest figures of 2010 so far. Prior to that, The National Lottery: In It To Win It 2012 had 2.95m (14.5%) from 7.30pm, while a repeat of Victoria Wood's Short Term Memories could only manage 2.12m (9%) at 9.10pm. Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow - which logged 3.19m (16.5%) from 10pm respectively - was edged by ITV1's screening of Batman Begins, which had 3.22m (18.9%).

BBC Two's late-night lineup of Have I Got A Bit More News For You and I'm In A Rock 'n' Roll Band! Live put in 1.47m (6.2%) and 920k (5.9%), while 1.19m (5.6%) watched Channel 4's screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King from 7pm, and CSI: NY was again Five's most-watched programme of the night, with 1.57m (8.3%).

Overall, ITV1 crushed BBC One in primetime with 41.9% to 14.8%. Channel 4 and BBC Two were neck-and-neck in third and fourth, with 5.3% and 5.1% respectively, while Five took 4.2%.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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