According to overnight figures, 14 million viewers tuned in to watch last night’s live episode of Coronation Street.

The episode averaged 14.027 million viewers totalling a 51.2 per cent share of the audience between 8pm and 9pm of whom 631,000 were watching on ITV1 HD.

The figures peaked with 14.230 million for its final 15 minutes and had a five-minute peak of 14.9 million, according to ITV.

The special live episode featured 65 actors and a 300-strong crew to portray the devastating aftermath of the tram crash as part of the show’s 50th anniversary.

It was the most-watched episode of Coronation Street for seven years, and up on the 12.902 million viewers who watched the initial tram crash episode on Monday.

The hour-long special which saw Ashley Peacock and Molly Dobbs perish has been hailed a great success by critics, despite a few hiccups along the way.