Britain's Got Talent 2016 ratings drop to series low after latest auditions


Britain's Got Talent 2016 viewing figures dipped to a series low last night.

Numbers fell to fewer than 9 million people for the first time series, below the 9.1 million who started watching the run against The Voice UK final last kmonth.

An average audience of 8.7 million, down 600,000 on last Saturday, watched the latest wacky auditions which ranged from a dancing bear to performing Stormtroopers.

The figure is down 1.5 million viewers on 2015's figure and 700,000 lower than the equivalent episode in 2014.

However the warm weather may have played a part in the lower numbers with most other shows dropping viewers too.

The shows either side of ITV also posted lows for this year: Gameshow Bang On The Money was down 100,000 viewers week on week to 2.2 million while Play To The Whistle sunk to 2.3 million, down from last week's 2.5 million viewers and a high of more than 3 million last month.

On BBC One, Michael McIntyre's Big Show recorded a new series low as 3.8 million viewers watched before BGT, down 700,000 viewers on last Saturday.

Earlier in the evening, Can't Touch This had 1.7 million viewers.

Pointless Celebrities however stayed steady with 3 million viewers while Casualty also kept its weekly audience of 3.9 million.

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