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RATINGS! Big Brother, Love Island, Election Results and more viewing figures

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An average audience of 4.5 million viewers watched the early Election Results on BBC One last night.

BBC One started airing from 9:55PM and averaged 4.5 million viewers up until 2AM, while ITV had 1.1 million viewers over the same period for their coverage.

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News of an exit poll predicting a hung parliament resulted in a peak audience of 8.7 million viewers between the two channels at 10PM.

Ratings for the Election news from Friday morning won't be revealed until tomorrow, while the outcome is likely to result in a number of schedule changes throughout today.

Airing against the Election results on Channel 5, Big Brother did rather well as it continued with 1.1 million viewers, steady day-on-day.

ITV2's Love Island also kept steady with 1.3 million viewers at 9PM, avoiding the Election news. At the same time, BBC One had 4.4 million viewers for DIY SOS and It'll Be Alright on the Night had 2.2 million on ITV.

Earlier in the night, in the soaps, ITV's Emmerdale's two episodes had 5.7 million and 5.6 million viewers while EastEnders on BBC One had 5.2 million *.

EastEnders spin-off Kat & Alfie: Redwater, continued to struggle with 2.2 million viewers.

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In the evening, The Chase continued with 2.5 million viewers to Pointless' 2.4 million.

*Correction: This article originally incorrectly stated EastEnders had 2.2 million viewers. The correct figure was 5.2 million.

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