BGT tops Saturday ratings ahead of Eurovision

It may not have had The Voice as its competition on Saturday night, but Britain’s Got Talent still emerged as the evening’s ratings champion ahead of Eurovision.

According to overnight figures the sixth round of auditions on the ITV show pulled in an audience of 9.4m viewers, rising to a peak of 10.5m.

Those figures were down by one million from last weekend’s show – the most watched of the series so far – but still well ahead of BBC One’s Eurovision coverage.

Overnight ratings suggest that an average of 7.7m viewers tuned in to the annual pan-European singing jamboree, which was won by Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest.

Those numbers rose to a peak of 9.3m close to 11pm as the voting was underway.

The UK representative Bonnie Tyler finished 19th in this year’s contest, scoring 23 points for her song Believe In Me.

Despite the disappointing result she still fared better than 2012’s representative Engelbert Humperdinck, who finished second last with just 12 points.

However Ireland had the biggest disappointment of the night, finishing bottom of the heap with just five points for their artist Ryan Dolan.

The Voice took a break from the schedules this week to make way for Eurovision but will return next Saturday with the next stage of battle rounds.

The show will have next Saturday night all to itself with Britain’s Got Talent moving to Sunday to make way for the UEFA Champions League final on ITV.

However BGT will return on Sunday night – setting up another ratings scrap with The Voice – for its final auditions show ahead of the live heats beginning on Bank Holiday Monday.


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