Over six million watch `winners'

More than six million watched Sunderland South race to the General Election finishing line on Thursday night to claim the record of being first to declare for the fourth time running.

More than six million watched Sunderland South race to the General Election finishing line on Thursday night to claim the record of being first to declare for the fourth time running.

Audiences were at their peak when Sunderland claimed the title once again at 10.45pm, while an average of 4.2 million watched the BBC coverage between 10pm and 2am.

ITV failed to capitalise on their speed in announcing results, with unofficial figures putting average viewing at just 1.7 million.

The BBC team was led by David Dimbleby and included political editor Andrew Marr, Jeremy Paxman, Fiona Bruce and Peter Snow with his swingometers. ITV coverage was hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby, although a spokesman said they were "extremely pleased" with their programme.

"We delivered the fastest results, the best analysis and ground-breaking graphics and had a fantastic team of presenters and reporters working tirelessly throughout the night."

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