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Baftas win the battle for viewers

Published 11/05/2015

Six million viewers watched the likes of Ant and Dec triumph at the TV Baftas.

Last night's ceremony, broadcast between 8pm and 10pm on BBC1, drew a 23.9% share of viewers, winning its time slot.

It was seen by an average of 5.2 million viewers and a peak of six million.

ITV broadcast Sunday Night At The Palladium, which was watched by an average of 3.7 million and a peak of 4.1 million, and Home Fires, which attracted a peak of 5.2 million viewers, at the same time as the Baftas.

Winners included newcomer Georgina Campbell, who took the leading actress gong for Murdered By My Boyfriend despite going against bigger names such as Sheridan Smith, Sarah Lancashire and Keeley Hawes.

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow collected the fellowship award, while Jason Watkins won leading actor for his performance in ITV's drama The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies.

Jessica Hynes won a comedy gong for her performance in W1A, while Ant and Dec won best entertainment performance for Saturday Night Takeaway, which was also named best entertainment show.

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