Gately tribute and Sports Relief lead television ratings

ITV's Stephen Gately tribute and BBC’s sports marathon attracted huge audiences.

ITV's tribute to Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died last year, drew 7.5 million viewers, according to overnight figures, whilst BBC1's Sport Relief drew nearly 8 million.

The number secured BBC1 a rare ratings win over ITV1's Coronation Street on 19 March. BBC1 also triumphed the following day with its rugby and football coverage attracting almost 5 million viewers. Boyzone: A Tribute to Stephen Gately featured recollections from Bertie Ahern, Louis Walsh, Robbie Williams, Louise Redknapp, Westlife, Nadine Coyle and Jane Torvill.