The Apprentice 2013 ratings: 5.2 million watch second episode

Lord Sugar (Apprentice 2013)

The Apprentice 2013 continued on BBC One yesterday, but lost nearly 800,000 viewers overnight.

It was the second episode of the ninth series, airing just a day after the first premiered on Tuesday, which scored the lowest debut ratings for six years.

An average audience of 6 million watched the first Apprentice 2013 results then, but that decreased to 5.2 million last night as the second candidate left the boardroom.

We're certainly loving the new series and the new candidates, and many other viewers are too, so we're not entirely sure what the rather large overnight decrease can be blamed on.

Yesterday Lord Sugar was quick to point out that the change in our viewing habits certainly made comparisons to ratings from previous years somewhat unfair.

He tweeted: "Great viewing figures for 1st episode of Apprentice last night 6m ( live) with most probably 3-4m on catch up in the next few days."

And indeed, as of writing The Apprentice and its spin-off You're Fired occupy four of BBC iPlayer's Top 5 Most Popular Shows spots.

The Apprentice continues next Wednesday on BBC One.

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