BBC1’s decision to extend news coverage on Tuesday to cover the dramatic resignation of Prime Minister Gordon Brown was vindicated when almost 10 million watched it.

The BBC chose to bump EastEnders and Holby City – both episodes will be shown tonight (Wednesday).

Broadcast Now reports that at 7.30pm, 8.4million (38.7 per cent) tuned in, on par with EastEnders’ typical audience for the slot.

But as news of the dramatic events spread, BBC1 built its audience, rising to 9.5m (40.6 per cent) at 8pm and peaking with 9.9m (39.8 per cent) at 8.30pm.

EastEnders will screen at 7.30pm tonight, with Holby City following. The scheduled episode of Waterloo Road will screen next week.

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