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Simon Cowell’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Attracts Record Audience

LONDON — The opening show of the eighth season of Simon Cowell’s “Britain’s Got Talent” attracted a record launch audience of more than 11 million viewers on Saturday.

The talent show began with 11.1 million viewers, a 47.3% share of the audience, between 8 p.m. and 9.15 p.m., with a five-minute peak audience of 12.3 million.

It was up on the 10.5 million (41.5%) who watched the opening episode last year, and the previous high of 10.6 million (44%) in 2010, according to the Guardian.

The show was helped by not being up against the BBC’s rival talent show “The Voice,” which it has faced for the past two years.

The other judges on the “Got Talent” panel were Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. The presenters were Ant and Dec.

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