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Monday, 13 May, 2002, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
IQ test is ratings hit
Anne Robinson and Philip Schofield
Anne Robinson and Philip Schofield presented the show
More than nine million people watched to find out how intelligent how they and the rest of the UK were in a national IQ test broadcast on TV on Saturday.

Test the Nation, which invited viewers to take part on the internet or through digital TV remote controls, has been hailed as a success by BBC bosses looking for new ways to interest viewers.

Nations
Northern Ireland - 108
England - 108
Scotland - 106
Wales - 106
Almost 100,000 people took the test, with men scoring higher than women and Leicester coming out as the most intelligent city in the UK.

The show, hosted by Weakest Link presenter Anne Robinson, drew an average of 9.1 million viewers - almost half the available audience - on BBC One, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The show was a cross between a TV game show and an internet quiz, and promised to dispel myths about who has the most brain-power.

The residents of Leicester came out with an average IQ of 119 - which was 17 points higher than the bottom-scoring city, Londonderry.

Major cities
Leicester - 119
Liverpool - 114
Southampton - 113
Aberdeen - 111
Plymouth - 110
Leeds - 109
London - 109
Bristol - 108
Manchester - 108
Brighton - 108
Glasgow - 107
Newcastle - 107
Birmingham - 106
Norwich - 104
Aberystwyth - 104
Londonderry - 102
Men had an average score of 111, compared with 104 for women.

The average IQ is supposed to be between 90 and 110, and most participants turned out to be at the top of that range.

A range of celebrities in the studio proved themselves to be less intelligent than the nation as a whole, though - they had an average score of 97.

The west of England was the smartest region, with an average of 115, followed by the east Midlands, the south west and London.

Teachers beat students, publicans and builders to record the top score of the groups of professions in the studio, with 104.

Hair colour
Grey - 113
Brown - 108
Blonde - 107
Red - 106
Black - 106
And followers of West Bromwich Albion football club were more likely to be smarter than any other football supporters, registering an average score of 138.

Burnley fans were the least intelligent, with 76, slightly lower than followers of Peterborough, Carlisle and East Stirling.

The show went out in two parts between 2000 and 2315 BST.

Lorraine Heggessey, controller of BBC One, described it as "a huge risk that paid off" and said the channel had created a national event.

"It was a highly interactive entertainment format that pushed technology to its limit but also allowed viewers to take part either with pen and paper, online or via interactive TV," she said.

The show's format was devised by a Dutch production company, Eyeworks, which has created national tests for other aspects of life including lifestyle, happiness, manners and sex.

See also:

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