We may earn commission from links on this page learn more

The Apprentice 2017 final ratings up on last year as 6.5 million tune in

The Apprentice 2017 final was watched by over 6 million viewers last night.


An average audience of 6.5 million, and a peak of 7 million, watched Sunday evening’s season finale as Lord Sugar revealed who won The Apprentice 2017.

The numbers for the main episode are up on last year’s audience of 6 million and 2015’s low of 5.3 million, which was the least watched since the very first series back in 2005 on BBC Two.

Just like last year, The Apprentice 2017 final started late due to an overrunning Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony.

A peak audience of 9.4 million viewers tuned in at 9PM, when The Apprentice was meant to start, but SPOTY was still on air.

SPOTY averaged a total audience of 5.4 million viewers over its two hour run to trail slightly behind The Apprentice in the night’s rankings.

Meanwhile, You’re Hired averaged 3.3 million viewers as the winner and Lord Sugar spoke to host Rhod Gilbert, actually slightly down on last year’s figure of 3.6 million.


The BBC has already confirmed that The Apprentice will be back on BBC One for its fourteenth series next year.

Over on ITV and against SPOTY, The Chase had 3.1 million viewers for its latest celebrity special while 3.5 million watched a special ‘Bloopers’ version of the game show.

More on: