Big lead in didn't help free 'Prisoner' from low ratings

The fourth series of “Britain’s Got Talent” bowed Saturday on ITV1 with its best launch ratings — 10.6 million viewers for a 44% share.

But the lead-in wasn’t enough to bump the remake of “The Prisoner,” which debuted with disappointing viewing figures and mixed reviews.

“Talent” will struggle to match last year’s perf when the surprise perf of thrush Susan Boyle, boosted by YouTube, led to almost 12 million viewers and a 51% share for the show’s second edition.

“The Prisoner,” co-produced with AMC, averaged 3.1 million for a 13.7% share, despite being scheduled after “Talent.”

“The Prisoner” reboots the classic 1960s TV mystery that starred Patrick McGoohan as a man who has lost his memory and who is held captive in a remote village where everyone is known by a number only.

Jim Caviezel takes McGoohan’s role as Number Six with Ian McKellen as village leader Number Two.

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