Andy Murray Wimbledon semi pulls in 13m viewers

Andy Murray’s Wimbledon semi-final clash against on Friday evening has become the most watched TV broadcast of the year so far.

According to overnight figures a massive audience of 13.2m tuned in to watch the last Brit standing win a place in the final after beating Polish player Jerzy Janowicz in a tense four set match.

That gives the BBC One broadcast a narrow lead over the final of Britain’s Got Talent, which was previously the most watched show of the year with a 13.1m audience.

It also outdid viewing figures for Murray’s five-set quarter final against Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday, which pulled in a peak audience of 10.2m.

Ratings are expected to skyrocket on Sunday when the Scottish ace takes on number one seed Novak Djokovic in the final of the men’s singles.

The 2012 final, which saw Murray lose to Roger Federer, captured an audience of 17m – which represented two-thirds of those watching TV in the UK at the time.

Although the match pulled in high ratings, not everybody was happy with the coverage, with a planned repeat of Sherlock‘s A Scandal In Belgravia shelved so that the match could be screened on BBC One.

Fans of the show were particularly disappointed by the fact that the repeat was scheduled to feature a clue to the title of one of the episodes in the next series.

And they took to Twitter to air their frustration when the closing of the roof on Centre Court sparked a delay in play.

“Stopping the MATCH is frustrating?? How about cancelling Sherlock?!” one person asked.

However others appeared less bothered, with one viewer saying: “I love my Sherlock, but right now I need a tennis result more”.

The BBC has since confirmed the postponed episode will be shown next Friday evening.