More than 11 million viewers watch the return of Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent

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Last night's first Britain's Got Talent 2011 live semi-final saw more than 11 milling tune in to watch the live performances of the first batch of hopefuls. The live show, which saw the return of Simon Cowell as a judge on the panel, was up around 600,000 viewers on last year's equivalent episode.

An average of 11.3 million viewers - a share of around 43% watched the show which saw Ronan Parke go through to the live final alongside Paul Gbegbaje. The audience peaked with a massive 13.5 million viewers tuning in yesterday evening.

Surprisingly more than a million viewers shed the show when the results aired, with 10.2 million watching as the Britain’s Got Talent 2010 winners Spelbound returned to perform on the show.

565,000 viewers switch over to ITV2 to catch Stephen Mulhern chat to the first two finalists

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