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BBC Sports Personality show attracts record audience

Bradley Wiggins
Image caption Wiggins claimed Olympic time trial gold after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France

An audience of 14.5 million tuned in on Sunday to see cyclist Bradley Wiggins win BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The figures were the highest recorded by the programme this century and are believed to be the highest since 1992.

The annual award ceremony had an average audience of 10.6 million over its three-hour duration.

The 14.5 million peak came in the final five minutes of the live broadcast from the Excel Centre in east London, which overran by nearly half an hour.

The audience was more than double the size for last year's event, which recorded an average audience of 4.2 million.

Last year's show, which was broadcast on a Thursday, saw another cyclist, Mark Cavendish, named 2011's foremost sports personality.

Wiggins, 32, claimed Olympic time trial gold in the summer after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

He secured the BBC award from runner-up Jessica Ennis and the third-placed Andy Murray after a public vote.

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