Britain's Got Talent 2013 is most watched show of the year (so far!)

Francine Lewis (Britain's Got Talent 2013)

Britain's Got Talent 2013 has officially become the most watched show of the year so far, with its highest ratings for some four years.

You'd need to go back as far as Susan Boyle's year to find auditions with more people watching, as 10 million viewers tuned in to the latest episode.

Official data compiled by TV ratings company BARB puts the show top of the most watched programmes of the first five months of the year by some way.

An average audience of 11.15 million tuned in to the show in April, increasing by just under a million with viewers who caught up on ITV+1.

The lead on top of the charts is only set to increase, with Saturday night's latest audition instalment sure to pass the 12 million mark when the official ratings are compiled and released later this month.

Rival series The Voice UK is in ninth spot on the list, with an audience of 9.5 million for its blind auditions last month.

While certainly nothing to be sniffed at, it's down over two million viewers on last year's figures for the BBC One show.

The ratings supplied by BARB include viewers who not only watched the show live but also caught up later using services such as Sky+, however they don't yet include online viewers watching through services such as iPlayer and ITV Player.

Dancing On Ice is the only other reality telly show in the Top 20 so far, with a top audience of 8.3 million from its latest series back in the winter.

While ITV hold the top two spots - with Corrie behind BGT - its pretty even between the channel and BBC overall in the Top 20, with eleven shows having aired on BBC to nine on ITV.

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