Children in Need broadcast raises more than £50 million
THE star-studded Children In Need appeal show was the most-watched programme of the day as more than £50 million was raised for the charity.
The telethon drew an average audience of 6.2 million and peaked at 7.1 million, with a share of 32.5%, according to overnight ratings.
The TV fundraiser, which aired on Friday on BBC One from 7.30pm until 10pm, and then from 10.40pm until 2am, was up against programmes including two episodes of Coronation Street on ITV and Gogglebox on Channel 4.
A total of £50,595,053 was donated to the cause – meaning more than £1 billion has been raised by the charity since the first major appeal in 1980.
Within the first two-and-a-half hours of the annual programme, viewers had coughed up £33,949,774 as the charity spectacular delighted audiences with a number of TV treats.
Boyzone reunited for their own version of Strictly Come Dancing, with Shane Lynch and professional partner Luba Mushtuk lifting the 2018 Pudsey Glitterball trophy.
The cast of EastEnders performed a medley of Disney songs from Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin and Frozen as Albert Square moved to the West End, while actor and comedian Stephen Mangan hosted a special episode of Mastermind featuring ex-footballer Steve McManaman.
A number of other BBC programmes also helped raise money for the charity, including a massive £9.2m from Radio 2.