The sixth audition show of Britain's Got Talent 2011 on Saturday night saw its highest figures yet, with more than 10 million viewers tuning in. The episode, which saw performances from 7-year-old Robbie Firmin and teenage duo Follow The Right Path, was up on last year's equivalent show.
The 200,000 increase in viewers comes despite claims the judging line up has caused ratings to fall. Rival BBC One reality series So You Think You Can Dance managed to achieve just over 2.6 million viewers on the same night, beaten by Sing If You Can.
An ITV1 insider told The Mirror: "Everyone is thrilled and it's particularly gratifying because there was genuine concern about Simon Cowell's departure.
"Now the show is doing better than it was last year, we're wiping the floor with BBC1 and Simon is back for the live shows after next weekend anyway. We couldn't be happier."
The final Britain’s Got Talent 2011 audition show will air this Sunday, with a special 90 minute show where the final 40 acts will be revealed.
Simon Cowell will then return to join judges Amanda Holden, Michael McIntryre and David Hasselhoff for a week of live shows between next Monday and Friday, before the final on Saturday night