The Apprentice 2016 final ratings up on last year as over 6 million tune in

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The Apprentice 2016 final was watched by over 6 million viewers last night.

An average audience of 6.03 million, and a peak of 6.6 million, watched Sunday evening's season finale as Lord Sugar revealed which of the two finalists he would be investing his cash in.

However, unlike in recent years, the final wasn't directly paired up with spin-off You're Hired which aired separately following the main show.

The numbers for the main episode are up on last year's audience 5.3 million, which was the least watched since the very first series back in 2005 on BBC Two, but down slightly on 2014's 6.2 million figure.

Just like last year, The Apprentice 2016 final started late due to an overrunning Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony.

Lord Sugar himself took to Twitter to complain: "SPOTY running over time . Bloody cheek @bbcapprentice"

A peak audience of 9.9 million viewers tuned in at 9PM, when The Apprentice was meant to start, but SPOTY was still on air.

SPOTY averaged a total audience of 5.9 million viewers over its two hour run to trail slightly behind The Apprentice in the night's rankings.

Meanwhile, You're Hired averaged 3.56 million viewers with a peak audience of 4.5 million as the winner and Lord Sugar spoke to host Rhod Gilbert.

The Apprentice will be back on BBC One for its thirteenth series next year.

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