The Bafta film awards attracted its lowest TV audience since returning to BBC One in 2003, despite the attendance of some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
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Only three million people watched the ceremony's first hour, with 2.9m tuning in after a news bulletin which divided coverage of the event.
The audience was down 1.4m on last year and 2.7m below the show's 2004 peak.
George Clooney and Renee Zellweger were among those to attend, while Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain won best film.
Actor and writer Stephen Fry hosted the annual awards, which took 12% of the TV audience in its slot.
In the interval between the awards coverage, 3.7m people watched the BBC One news.
ITV1 murder drama Agatha Christie's Marple, which ran for almost the award ceremony's entirety, was watched by 7.6m.
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The audience for the coverage of the Winter Olympics on BBC Two, which overlapped with the awards ceremony's first hour, rose to a peak of 4.4m during the Baftas.
The stars of Brokeback Mountain, Jake Gyllenhaal - who won best supporting actor - and Heath Ledger, both attended the awards.
Ang Lee, who won the best director prize, was also present, along with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who collected his best actor prize for Capote.
In other leading categories, Reese Witherspoon won the actress award for Walk the Line but there was disappointment for The Constant Gardener, which took only one of the 10 awards it was nominated for.