RATINGS! Britain's Got Talent 2017, Doctor Who, Take Me Out viewing figures

Latest UK TV viewing figures and ratings

Dan Graham.

The new series of Britain's Got Talent kicked off with 9 million viewers on ITV last night.

An average audience of 8.7 million tuned in to the opening episode of series 11, peaking with a high of 9.7 million.

Although comfortably topping the night with almost twice as many viewers as any other show, it was actually BGT's lowest launch figure in a decade.

The number is down 300,000 on last year and 2 million below 2014's most watched launch.

In fact, only the first series in 2007 started with fewer viewers.

Britain's Got Talent launch figures

Past ratings for Britain's Got Talent's opening episodes

2016 - 9 million
2015 - 10.1 million
2014 - 11.1 million
2013 - 10.61 million
2012 - 10 million
2011 - 10.4 million
2010 - 10.6 million
2009 - 10.5 million
2008 - 8.8 million
2007 - 4.9 million

Earlier in the evening, the new series of Take Me Out launched to 3.1 million viewers while last year's BGT winner Richard Jones entertained 1.7 million with his one-off special Operation Magic.

Over on BBC One, the new series of Doctor Who opened to 4.6 million viewers, matching the figure from the last series' launch episode The Magician's Apprentice back in 2015.

However Doctor Who was eclipsed slightly by All Round to Mrs Brown's which was the BBC's most watched show of the night with 4.7 million viewers.

Casualty had 3.5 million viewers while Pointless Celebrities was watched by 4.3 million.

All of the new series will return next weekend.

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