Ratings round-up: ‘Death in Paradise’ bows out with 6.1m

The final episode of Death in Paradise’s second series came to an end last week with 6.1m viewers and a 25.4% share of the audience.

Ben Miller will return next year for Series 3 of a show that has become the scourge of ITV football in recent weeks and easily beat the FA Cup replay between Everton and Oldham.

Sue Perkins’ new sitcom Heading Out started on BBC Two on Tuesday, averaging an audience of 1.8m viewers and, possibly surprisingly, beating Shameless – the eleventh (and final) series of which began on Channel 4 with 1.7m.

CSI returned to Channel 5 with 1.3m (5.5%) viewers and was followed by the slightly less popular CSI: NY with 675k (3.9%). The pattern was followed on Wednesday when NCIS managed 1.4m (6.3%) whilst Law and Order: SVU averaged 791k (4.6%).

Good news for Derek this week as a second series was commissioned and the viewing figures were back amongst the millions with 1.1m (6%) on Channel 4.

ITV’s sequel to Marchlands began on Wednesday and saw 3.9m (6.7%) viewers spooked by the goings on in Lightfields.

Earlier in the week Dancing on the Edge come to an end with 1.8m (8%) viewers and Sky1 had an excellent result as US import Arrow had 588k (2.3%) all of a quiver. The final episode of anthology show Black Mirror was also seen by 811k people over on Channel 4.

Call the Midwife had another great week with 9.2m (31.1%) and proved a strong lead in for new BBC One drama Mayday, which opened last night with 6.2m (24.7%). ITV’s Mr Selfridge lost out this week though, with only 5.5m (21.9%) visiting the store.

Finally, Person of Interest continued to perform consistently for Channel 5 with 825k viewers and the penultimate episode of Being Human was seen by 493k on BBC Three.

Watch the trailer for Dancing on the Edge

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

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