A nimble mongrel and his teenage owner have won Britain's Got Talent and helped ITV's flagship light entertainment show trounce its BBC rival in the ratings.
An average of 11.4 million viewers saw Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey triumph in Bgt – more than twice as many as The Voice's 5.6 million.
ITV claimed the programme was the highest rating show of the year so far, nudging ahead of a Coronation Street episode that pulled in 11.2 million in January.
Adding viewers of ITV's +1 channel brought the audience to 11.9 million, and the peak audience to 14.5 million. The peak without +1 was 13.8 million.
The Voice was hampered by starting 50 minutes earlier than normal on Saturday. At one stage during a series of head-to-head clashes the BBC show won the ratings battle for three consecutive weeks,
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