BBC Music Awards peak with 4.7m viewers as 2015 return is confirmed

Inaugrual awards ceremony saw performances from Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit among others

Viewing figures for last night’s first ever BBC Music Awards have been confirmed with a peak of 4.7m viewers tuning in.

The show, which featured live performances by Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and a duet between Paloma Faith and Tom Jones among others, was aired on BBC One between 8-10pm. A BBC source confirmed that the broadcast was watched by an average of 3.9m viewers.

To contrast this with the 2014 BRIT Awards, the rival ceremony was watched by an average of 4.6m people in February this year with a peak of 5m. This was down on their own figures for 2013, when a peak of 7.5m viewers watched.

Meanwhile, as confirmed at the end of the ceremony last night, the BBC Music Awards will return for a second year in 2015.

Pharrell was the big winner at the ceremony, which took place last night (December 11) at London’s Earls Court. Williams took home two of the ceremony’s four awards, despite not being present. Ed Sheeran and Catfish & The Bottlemen collected the other two awards on the night.

There were also performances from George Ezra, Take That, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Clean Bandit, Labrinth and Ella Henderson.