'Britain's Got Talent' Season-Finale Ratings Rise

Simon Cowell X Factor Headshot - H 2014
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Simon Cowell X Factor Headshot - H 2014

The Simon Cowell talent show on ITV averaged 11.7 million viewers, making it the highest-rated show in the U.K. so far this year, as a dog and its trainer beat out all competition.

Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent on ITV drew 11.7 million average viewers for its season-nine finale Sunday in the overnight ratings, up from last year.

The finale of the eighth season had reached an average of 10.7 million viewers last year. The season-nine finale peaked with 13.4 million viewers in the overnight ratings, compared with 12.7 million viewers last season. ITV said the performance makes the BGT finale the highest-rated TV show of 2015 in Britain so far and the only one so far to cross the 11 million viewer mark. The show drew a 48 percent share of viewing. 

The 2014 finale ratings had been the lowest for a season finale of the talent competition in at least several years and were down from 11.1 million in 2013 and 11.9 million in 2012.

The 2011 season finale of the fifth season had averaged 11.35 million viewers, according to Wikipedia. The finale drew more than 12 million for the fourth- and third-season finales, according to older reports. The first two seasons of BGT had averaged 11.52 million and 10.85 million, respectively, according to past reports.

In late 2013, ITV renewed BGT and Cowell's The X Factor for three more years.

Jules O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse emerged as the winners of the 2015 edition of BGT, beating out all competition Sunday night. It marked the second time that a dog and its trainer won the show. In 2012, Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey came out on top.

The BGT judges are Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

Watch O'Dwyer and Matisse and their winning act in the video below.


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