Ratings round-up: ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ waltzes onto screens with 6.2m

BBC One’s new six-part drama Last Tango in Halifax made an excellent start on Tuesday with 6.2m viewers and a 25.6% share of the audience.

Another new show launched by the Beeb this week was The Secret of Crickley Hall, which also debuted well, spooking 5.3m (18.7%) viewers last Sunday.

The rest of the BBC drama output this week was a mixed bag. The ever-reliable Merlin continued to entertain 5.5m (22.4%) viewers last weekend, but the final episode of Hunted was only seen by a disappointing 2.6m (10.5%) on Thursday. The Hour continued on BBC Two on Wednesday with an audience of 1.1m (4.6%).

Drama elsewhere was topped by Homeland on Channel 4 which scored 2m (7.1%) viewers. Both The Mentalist and CSI: Miami were seen by 1.1m on Channel 5, which also saw Hatfields & McCoys attract 768k viewers this week.

Away from the mainstream channels Arrow (800k) and Switch (358k) continue to deliver consistent ratings figures and seem to have found a reliable audience.

Finally, in the world of comedy, Hebburn concluded on Thursday with 912k (4.8%) viewers and the penultimate episode of Fresh Meat was seen by 977k people. Last week’s big hitter The Big Bang Theory lost 600k viewers on E4 with 1.3m (5.2%) whilst a new series of Him & Her debuted on BBC Three with a double bill that was seen by 411k and 491k viewers for each episode.

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Watch the trailer for The Secret of Crickley Hall

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

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