An average audience of 11.4 million people tuned in to watch performing pet act Ashleigh and Pudsey triumph in the Britain’s Got Talent final on Saturday night.
The talent show extravaganza, broadcast between 7:30pm and 10pm on ITV1 and ITV1HD, was the highest rating programme of the year for the broadcaster. A further 500,000 viewers tuned in an hour later to enjoy the spectacle on ITV1+1.
The programme peaked with 13.8m viewers (14.5m including +1), the highest peak audience of 2012 on ITV, and up on last year’s BGT final which peaked at 14.4m (including +1.)
The BBC’s Saturday night talent show continued to struggle in the ratings as The Voice UK recorded its lowest viewing figures so far. Partly hampered by its earlier than usual start time, the show could only muster 5.64 million viewers on BBC1 between 6:15 and 7:45pm on Saturday night. Just a month ago, 10.7 million viewers watched the final audition of The Voice.
Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, said: "Britain's Got Talent 2012 has been an amazing series, with an incredibly high calibre of acts, culminating in a really special final. We are delighted that viewers tuned in in their millions to watch Ashleigh and Pudsey be crowned this year's winner."