Ratings round-up: ‘Death in Paradise’ returns with 6.9m viewers

Ratings for the BBC’s Monday night comedies dipped after a successful festive period due to competition from a certain Oxford detective over on ITV1.

Lewis returned last Monday for what is rumoured to be its final series with a viewing figure of 6.3m and a 24% audience share. Both Miranda and Mrs Brown’s Boys scored higher than the ITV detective drama with an identical 6.8m viewers each (25.9% and 26.3% respectfully) but Morse’s former sidekick proved tougher completion than most in previous weeks.

Tuesday 8 January saw a slightly different detective show return to the screens on BBC One for its second series. Ben Miller’s Death in Paradise basked in the sunshine of 6.9m viewers (26.6%) and made a solid start to its new run.

Completing the hat-trick of returning ‘tecs this week was Silent Witness on Thursday 9 which kicked off its 16th series with 6.1m (25.1%) bodies watching from home. The Beeb’s Waterloo Road pulled in 3.7m (15.3%) viewers on the same night, whilst The Big Bang Theory proved to be the multi-channels’ highest draw with 1.7m (6.9%) on E4.

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

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