RATINGS! Britain's Got Talent 2018 kicks off with over 8 million viewers

Latest UK TV viewing figures and ratings

Dan Graham.

Britain's Got Talent 2018 launched with over 8 million viewers on ITV last night.

It was the most watched show on TV as Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden all returned to the judges' desk.

The opening around of auditions were watched by an average audience of 8.3 million between 8PM and 9:25PM.

The episode, which peaked with 9.6 million viewers, was down 400,000 viewers on last year's launch.

In fact, despite the big numbers and topping the night, it was BGT's least watched launch since the first series in 2007.

Britain's Got Talent launch figures

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

2018 - 8.3 million
2017 - 8.7 million
2016 - 9 million
2015 - 10.1 million

2014 - 11.1 million
2013 - 10.6 million
2012 - 10 million
2011 - 10.4 million

2010 - 10.6 million
2009 - 10.5 million
2008 - 8.8 million
2007 - 4.9 million

Meanwhile, over on ITV2, 750,000 tuned in for the first episode of Britain's Got More Talent with Stephen Mulhern.

Later on ITV and after Britain's Got Talent, Keith And Paddy's Picture Show does Grease interested 3.3 million.

Before BGT, Ninja Warrior UK kicked off its new series with 3.7 million while 3.4 million tuned in for Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule.

In what was a strong day all round for ITV, The Grand National averaged 5.1 million during the afternoon, peaking with over 8 million. This was up over 2 million viewers on 2017.

Over on BBC One, new game show Ready or Not had just 1.4 million viewers at 6PM.

Pointless Celebrities continued with 3.6 million, up 600,000 viewers on last Saturday and the BBC's most watched show of the night.

Casualty had 3.4 million, down 400,000 on last weekend, following the return of Who Dares Wins which climbed to 2.9 million viewers from last weekend's 2.5 million.

A repeat of Mrs Brown's Boys concluded the prime time schedule with 3 million viewers.

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