Jimmy Savile sexual abuse documentary watched by 2 million

Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile drew the highest ever audience for the ITV1 strand

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Two million viewers tuned in to watch a late night ITV documentary featuring claims that Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted teenage girls during his time working for the BBC.

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Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile was seen by an average of 1.9m viewers (a 23% audience share), across its 11:10pm-12:05am slot on ITV1 (and +1), peaking at 2.1m just 5 minutes into the programme.

That compares with a slot average of just 657,000 (a 7.4% share) for the channel and makes last night’s programme the most watched episode ever of the Exposure strand, by almost half a million viewers.

The documentary featured interviews with five women accusing Savile of sexually abusing them while they were underaged in the late 1960s and early 1970s, during which time he was employed by the BBC as a Radio 1 DJ and on Top of the Pops.

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Savile, who died last year aged 84, was also known for BBc1’s long-running Saturday teatime series Jim’ll Fix It.