The morning after the night before
Some of you have already given us your verdict on last night's Sports Personality of the Year show in the posting below this one. They range from Adam's "brilliant" to Dan's "awful" with Chris in between with his "very entertaining" but accompanied by some interesting points of criticism.
So let me give you some of the figures before inviting more bouquets and brickbats.
In the main award, it was an emphatic victory for Zara Phillips. The figures we had just before 9pm last night were:
1st Zara Phillips 221,514 (32.5% of the total vote)
2nd Darren Clarke 144,310 (21.2%)
3rd Beth Tweddle 88,352 (13.0%)
As for the TV viewing figures - award shows generally have been declining quite sharply, but Sports Personality bucked the trend. Last year it averaged 5.1m viewers - and this year it went up to 5.8m average. Our share of viewing rose from 19% to 22%. The peak audience was for the last 15 minutes when 7.2m people were tuned in.
Finally, a special thank you to everyone who came along to be part of the audience. It was a big move for us - literally - to take the show from London to Birmingham. But we were delighted by the welcome we received in the West Midlands, and we'll now be looking at whether we can do something similar next year.