Britain's Got Talent tops 10m viewers for ITV1

LONDON - 'Britain's Got Talent' is proving to be a smash hit for ITV1 with 10.3m viewers tuning in for the second episode, an increase of 1.5m on last week, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The show, which this week featured performance-shy ferrets instead of a dancing dog, earned a 43% share of viewing from 8.05pm-9.05pm.

It peaked at 11.2m viewers, representing a 45% share, giving sponsor Domino's Pizza a meaty return on its investment.

Earlier in the evening, 'All Star Mr & Mrs' brought in 6.7m viewers and a 30% share at 7.05pm-8.05pm, beating BBC One's 'I'd Do Anything' which drew 6.1m viewers and 27% share.

However, after 'Britiain's Got Talent' ITV1's new US import 'Pushing Daises' lost 1m viewers on its opening episode, with 4.7m viewers and a 20.8% share tuning in at 9pm, compared with 5.7m last week.

Viewers kicked up a fuss last week over ITV's decision to forgo airing the second episode, deciding instead to go straight to the third episode.

The commercial broadcaster blamed the move on scheduling problems linked to the recent US writers' strike. The 9pm slot was won by BBC One's 'Casualty', with 6m viewers and a 25.6% share.

Last night, ITV1's crime drama 'Foyle's War' netted an impressive 7.3m viewers and a 28.1% share between 8-10pm for the last part of a three-part series.

BBC One's live coverage of 'The British Academy Television Awards' attracted the second-biggest audience of the day, with 5.6m viewers and a 21.6% share between 8pm-10pm.

Award winners included ITV's 'Harry Hill's TV Burp' with best entertainment performance and BBC Three's 'Gavin and Stacey' with best programme. The awards were hosted by Graham Norton at the London Palladium.

BBC Two aired Martin Scorsese film 'The Aviator' during the same slot, with 1.8m viewers and a 7.2% share tuning in between 8pm-10.40pm.

ITV1's new satirical comedy 'Headcases' sunk to 2.8m viewers and a 13.1% share at 10pm, compared with 4m last week.