Britain's Got Talent final squeezes into 2016 ratings top 10


The final of Britain's Got Talent made it into the top 10 most watched shows of 2016 - but only just, new figures show.

Official ratings for the final, published by Barb, reveal that a total of 10.38 million people watched magician Richard Jones win the talent contest.

This compares with 12.75 million who saw Jules O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse take first prize last year.

Britain's Got Talent winner Richard Jones (ITV)
Britain's Got Talent winner Richard Jones (ITV)

The 2015 final ended up the second highest rated programme of that year, losing out on the top spot to the final of the BBC's Great British Bake Off.

It is likely that this year's final - currently in ninth place in the chart - will be knocked out of the top 10 altogether when Bake Off returns later in the summer.

Britain's Got Talent is still the show with the most editions inside the top 10, however.

It occupies eight places, with the other two spots filled by episodes of the BBC's Sherlock and Call The Midwife.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock
Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock (BBC/PA)

The edition of Britain's Got Talent broadcast on April 16 - the second in the series - is currently at the top of the chart, with a total of 12.46 million viewers.

All ratings figures include audiences who watched on catch-up services within seven days of transmission.

The figures for ITV also include viewers of the ITV+1 and ITV HD channels.