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.

Graham Norton

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.