Britain's Got Talent suffered its lowest-ever viewing figures for a final last night (October 11).
The ITV show's 2020 final was watched by an overnight average of just 5.8 million viewers. For comparison, last year's was watched by more than 8 million.
However, despite the comparison to previous series, it should be noted that BGT's figure is actually very strong given the current TV climate.
The final was comfortably the biggest show of the night (via TVZoneUK) and fared significantly better than the BBC's Saturday night line-up, which attracted 3m for Strictly Come Dancing's winners retrospective and a series low 1.8m for Little Mix: The Search.
BGT's semi-finals brought in a change of format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and got rid of the live studio audience (although they were replaced by a wall of Zoom faces, like something out of Black Mirror).
Following last night's final, many viewers noted a lack of variety among this year's acts, with five of the 10 finalists being magic-themed, which may account for some of the drop-off in ratings year-on-year.
Or perhaps Simon Cowell's absence had a far bigger impact than anyone could have anticipated.
Britain's Got Talent airs on ITV.
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