Saturday’s Britain’s Got Talent was the most watched show of the year so far

With over 9 million viewers, the second instalment of the ITV talent show edged out an episode of Call the Midwife

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Britain’s Got Talent has proved that our appetite for the heady mix of magicians, comedians and performing dogs is as strong as ever, pulling in over 9 million viewers on Saturday night to make it the top-rated show of the year so far.

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BGT was watched by an average of 9.2 million viewers, a 44% share of the viewing audience, in its combined slots at 8pm on ITV and 9pm on ITV+1, just edging out an episode of BBC1 period drama Call the Midwife shown in March.

Eight-year-old conjuror Issy Simpson, musical comedian Johnny Awsum and all-girl dance troupe Just Us were among the stand-out acts on the night as ratings peaked at 10.2 million.

The ITV talent show has also improved on its own performance after launching last week with 8.7m (42%).

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Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV on Saturday 29th April at 8pm