Ratings round-up: ‘Poirot’ attracts 4.4m for final run of cases

This week marked the beginning of the end for everyone’s favourite Belgian detective as ITV screened the first episode of the final series of Poirot.

4.4 million viewers watched David Suchet stretch his little grey cells on Wednesday with a 19.7% share of the audience.

ITV was also waving goodbye to Doc Martin on Monday with 7m (29.9%) viewers; whilst on Sky1, in the same time slot, the second season of Arrow continued with 461k (1.9%) tuning in.

BBC One’s Sunday evening schedule did healthy numbers with the new series of The Paradise attracting 5.2m (19.8%) viewers followed by 3.2m (12.6%) for By Any Means directly afterwards. The cumulative figures for these two shows still fell short of Sunday’s big hitter as Downton Abbey amassed 8.9m (34.4%) viewers for ITV at 9pm.

Thursday saw BBC One come out on top, with Truckers’ 2.3m viewers narrowly beating ITV’s medical drama Breathless, which entertained 2.1m of the viewing public. Meanwhile, over on Channel 5, the second season of Person of Interest launched with a respectable 926k (5.7%) viewers.

Finally, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is proving to be a success for Channel 4 with 1.6m (7.1%) tuning in on Friday; and BBC One’s Atlantis celebrated the news of a second series being commissioned with 4.4m (19%) last night.

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

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