22/02/2012 09:39 GMT | Updated 22/02/2012 09:41 GMT

Adele's Brit Awards Comeback Watched By 6.2m

The Brit Awards has enjoyed its biggest TV audience for seven years, overnight figures showed.

The event - which was presented by James Corden and saw the big winner of the night Adele cut off in her prime - drew an average of 6.2 million viewers, including those who tuned in on +1.

It made the ITV1 show the biggest since 2005 when Chris Evans hosted and performers included Green Day and Scissor Sisters, drawing 6.3 million.

If catch-up viewers are excluded, last night's show audience was 5.9 million, making it the biggest since 2008.

Double winner Adele, whose haul included the big prize of the night for best album, had her speech curtailed when the show was in danger of overrunning its time slot.


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