The comedian Stephen Fry led criticism of the BBC's Diamond Jubilee coverage today, branding it "mind-numbingly tedious".
The corporation drew stinging criticism during the Thames pageant with viewers attacking its "inane" commentary, camera angles and sound quality.
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ITV said the programme was the highest rating show of the year so far, nudging ahead of a Coronation Street which pulled in 11.2 million in January.
Adding viewers for ITV's +1 channel brought the audience to 11.9 million for the BGT finale, with a peak audience of 14.5 million.