Ratings round-up: ‘Broadchurch’ begins with 6.2m

David Tennant returned to our screens in ITV’s new drama Broadchurch last week with 6.2m viewers and a 25.2% audience share.

In a rare reversal of fortune for a Monday, the ITV drama beat its BBC One rival as the second episode of Mayday fell to 4.3m (17.8%). Starting on Sunday and being shown on five consecutive nights, Mayday drew in a steady audience all week with 4.3m on Tuesday, 4.4m on Wednesday and 4.6m people tuning in for the finale on Thursday night.

Tuesday saw the latest instalment of Sue Perkins’ sitcom Heading Out fall to 740k (3.6%) whilst Channel 4’s Shameless continued its final run with 1.1m (6.9%) people descending upon the infamous Manchester council estate.

New BBC Three sitcom Bluestone 42 launched with a strong 798k (4.2%) viewers, while Sky Living’s Elementary drew in 316k for Sherlock’s continuing adventures in New York.

There were ghostly goings-on on Wednesday as Lightfields shed viewers this week with 2.5m (11.2%) viewers. Meanwhile, NCIS remains a ratings winner for Channel 5 with 1.5m (6.7%).

Sunday saw the last ever episode of Being Human broadcast on BBC Three to a rather disappointing 560k (3.3%). The first series of Mr Selfridge also came to an end with 5.3m (21.3%) viewers on ITV and will return next year.

Finally, Call the Midwife continued its dominance with 8.6m (29.1%) viewers and was followed by new cop show Shetland which attracted a very respectable 6.4m (25.5%) for BBC One.

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All data was supplied by Attentional, Digital Spy and The Guardian.

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