BBC OneRatings for the BAFTA film awards hit an eight year high on Sunday evening, on BBC One, with nearly 6 million viewers watching at one point.

The BAFTA awards ceremony drew its biggest audience since 2004 as viewers tuned in to see which films would walk away with prestigious gongs; critical hit The Artist, Brit film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Meryl Streep film The Iron Lady all picked up awards. According to overnight figures the BAFTA’s were seen by a peak audience of 5.9 million viewers.

It wasn’t quite enough to beat Dancing on Ice on ITV1 which had 6.9 million viewers for the main show and 5.6 million viewers for the results show in which fitness guru Rosemary Conley was voted off. African drama Wild at Heart was, as ever, sandwiched between the two instalments pulling in 6.2 million viewers. BBC One drama Call the Midwife had 8.4 million viewers at 8pm – a fall on previous weeks but still a hugely impressive figure for a drama these days.

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