Britain’s Got Talent returned to ITV with an average viewership of 6.1million, the channel said.
Viewers saw a range of acts, from a comedic robot to an original singer from The Greatest Showman, when the talent show aired after two years.
Television audiences peaked at 7.2 million.
Filming for series 15 was supposed to start last January, but production was delayed and then pushed back to 2022.
In Saturday’s opening episode, Loren Allred, 32, revealed during her audition that she was the voice behind hit song Never Enough from the 2018 musical film The Greatest Showman.
She admitted she wasn’t known for the track because she used to be “more comfortable singing backstage,” but now wanted to give the song a face.
After an impressive performance of the track, the audience and the judges were impressed, especially Amanda Holden, who presented her with the coveted Golden Buzzer, which automatically gave her a place in the live semi-finals.
In the first episode, Titan the Robot secured four yeses after spraying water from its mechanical eyes, causing Holden and Alesha Dixon to hide under their desk.
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The jury – made up of Simon Cowell, Holden, Dixon and David Walliams – reconvened after the show was shut down in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ITV talent continues on Sunday night at 7.35pm on ITV for the second part of the Double Bill weekend.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/britains-got-talent-draws-in-61-million-viewers-as-it-returns-to-screens-41561208.html Britain’s Got Talent attracts 6.1 million viewers when it returns to screens