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TV audience for Baftas drops by half a million

Host Joanna Lumley drew mixed reviews from viewers over her gags.

Joanna Lumley hosted the Baftas (Ian West/PA)
Joanna Lumley hosted the Baftas (Ian West/PA)

The TV audience for the Baftas dropped by half a million compared with last year, overnight figures show.

Sunday night’s British Academy Film Awards drew an average of 3.5 million viewers and a peak of 4.1 million when it aired on BBC One.

The Joanna Lumley-hosted ceremony had an audience share of 20.7% when it aired between 9pm and 11pm.

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Olivia Colman won the leading actress prize at the Baftas (Ian West/PA)

Last year’s event, Lumley’s debut as host, averaged four million viewers and peaked at 4.6 million.

The glittering film awards had previously been presented by Stephen Fry, whose final time hosting in 2017 had drawn an average of 3.9 million viewers.

The awards, which saw The Favourite take seven of the prizes, was broadcast later than the actual ceremony, which took place from about 7pm.

Lumley drew mixed reviews from viewers for her jokes throughout the ceremony, including her opening monologue, in which she quipped about the Ku Klux Klan while referring to nominated film BlacKkKlansman.

Olivia Colman took the leading actress award for her role as Queen Anne in period drama The Favourite, which was also named outstanding British film and the best supporting actress in Rachel Weisz.

Other winners included Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, which won the best film accolade, and Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek, who took the leading actor gong.

Rami Malek with his Best Actor in a Leading Role for Bohemian Rhapsody in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Rami Malek with his Best Actor in a Leading Role for Bohemian Rhapsody in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Olivia Colman with her Best Actress in a Leading Role Bafta for The Favourite in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Joanna Lumley attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Gala Dinner at Grosvenor House on February 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Laura Whitmore attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Rachel Weisz attending the after party for the 72nd British Academy Film Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Thelma Schoonmaker with her fellowship Bafta in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Sandy Powell with her Best Costume Design Bafta in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Jamie Bell, Taron Egerton and Richard Madden (left-right) in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Michelle Yeoh and Will Poulter in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Tony McNamara and Deborah Davis with their Best Original Screenplay Bafta for The Favourite in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Letitia Wright with her EE Rising Star Bafta in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Bradley Cooper with his Best Original Music Bafta for A Star is Born in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Eleanor Tomlinson in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mary J. Blige in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Joseph Fiennes in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Hank Corwin with his Best Editing Bafta for Vice in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton with their Best Production Design Bafta for The Favourite in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
The crew of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with their Best Animated Film bafta in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Lily Collins attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Richard E. Grant attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Rachel Brosnahan attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Irina Shayk attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Margot Robbie attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Chiwetel Ejiofor attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Timothee Chalamet attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Michelle Yeoh attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Melissa McCarthy attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Claire Foy attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Millie Mackintosh attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Laura Harrier attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Glenn Close attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Cynthia Erivo attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Steve Coogan and Clare Coogan attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mary J. Blige attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Zawe Ashton attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Eleanor Tomlinson attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Maya Jama attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Lucy Boynton attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Tatiana Korsakova attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Dermot O'Leary and Edith Bowman attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Alfonso Cuaron with his Best Film and Best Director Bafta's in the press room at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 10, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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