FRIDAY: Britain’s Got Talent finalist Susan Boyle is still proving a draw for ITV with a new profile delivering nearly 5.5m viewers – while the combo of Ricky Gervais and Johnny Depp gave Graham Norton his biggest audience since January.
A film about the daily life of the Scottish singing sensation, titled Susan Boyle: an Unlikely Superstar, drew 5.47m (22.44%) across the 9pm hour and another 345,800 (1.8%) on ITV1+1, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.
It beat all-comers at the time.
BBC1 aired a comedy double bill across the 9pm hour, starting with Have I Got News for You, which amused 4.52m (18.27%) – its best audience of the current series to date.
Stand-up show Live at the Apollo returned for a seventh series with 3.02m (12.6%) from 9.30pm to 10pm – down on the previous series average of 3.8m (16.2%) set last autumn.
BBC2 continued Autumnwatch Live with 1.88m (7.68%) at 8.30pm, drawing a further 89,300 (0.37%) on its BBC HD simulcast.
It was followed by Autumnwatch Unsprung, delivering 1.71m (7.11%) from 9.30pm to 10pm and another 95,500 (0.4%) on BBC HD.
Channel 4’s Derren Brown: The Guilt Trip hypnotised 1.5m (6.14%) across the 9pm hour, in line with last week’s ‘Gameshow’ special, and managed a further 371,500 (1.93%) on C4+1.
Channel 5’s Big Brother: Live Eviction drew 1.48m (6.37%) from 9pm to 10.30pm, in line with current audience figures for the Friday eviction episodes.
Later in the evening, BBC1’s Graham Norton Show scored its biggest overnights in nearly a year with guests including Johnny Depp and Ricky Gervais.
The chatshow drew 3.6m (23.13%) from 10.35pm to 11.20pm, second only to the 4.1m (23.9%) that tuned in on 14 January to see Matt LeBlanc, David Mitchell, Mary Portas and Donald Sutherland.
Elsewhere, BBC2 panel show QI proved quite interesting for 2.69m (12.7%) at 10pm before Newsnight, at 10.30pm, informed 810,000 (4.8%).
C4 sitcom Pete versus Life continued with 493,100 (2.36%) at 10pm - still unable to match its series two debut of 685,000 (3.4%) on 21 October - and drew another 93,200 (0.7%) on C4+1.
It was followed by Eight out of Ten Cats, which amused 771,600 (4.68%) from 10.35pm to 11.10pm and a further 178,200 (2%) on C4+1.
C5 launched three-part doc Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$ Girl with an audience of 690,000 (4.5%) from 10.30pm to 11.30pm – down on the slot average of 870,000 (5.65%) over the past 12 months.
ITV1 aired Steve Martin/Eddie Murphy film Bowfinger, amusing 702,900 (5.75%) across ITV1 and ITV1 HD from 10.35pm to 12.20am – and another 59,500 (0.9%) on ITV1+1.