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'Britain's Got Talent' final is most watched show of 2012

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Britain's Got Talent Final: Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, Simon Cowell and David Walliams.

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Britain's Got Talent ended with a huge audience of 11.9m last night (Saturday), becoming the most-watched show of the year so far.

Ashleigh & Pudsey's win was seen by 11.38m (46.4%) between 7.30pm and 10pm, peaking with 13.8m in the last five minutes, and adding 496k (2.2%) on ITV1 +1.

Britain's Got More Talent bowed out with 1.59m (8.2%) immediately after the main show, grabbing an extra 128k on timeshift.

BBC One's The Voice - scheduled earlier to avoid a Got Talent clash - sunk to a new low of 5.64m (29.4%) at 6.10pm.

The National Lottery: In It To Win It (3.2m/13.7%) and Casualty (3.35m/13.1%) followed the singing contest, while The Cube took 2.97m (15.9%) for ITV1.

Keith Lemon's Lemonaid rumbled on with 1.78m (11.8%) at 5.45pm (+1: 122k). BBC One's screening of Madagascar logged 2.45m (18.4%).

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Elsewhere, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring pulled in 1.28m (5.6%) to Channel 4 from 6.45pm (+1: 260k).

Meanwhile, Top of the Pops earned BBC Two's best numbers with 1.42m (6.9%) at 10pm, while CSI: NY drew 1.02m (4.3%) an hour earlier at 9pm (+1: 142k).

Overall, ITV1 dominated primetime with 36.2% (+: 1.5%), ahead of BBC One's 20.2%. Channel 4 claimed third place with 5.6% (+1: 1%), followed by BBC Two's 4.9%, and Channel 5's 2.7%.

Scandinavian drama The Bridge continued with 705k (2.7%) and 639k (3.3%) on BBC Four between 9pm and 11pm.

Watch a video of Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler talk about taking Pudsey to Hollywood below:



BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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