Ratings round-up: ‘Prisoners’ Wives’ return is visited by 4m viewers

The week had begun strongly for the BBC with the second episode of Shetland attracting 5m (20.1%); but, for the second week running, this was not enough to beat ITV’s Broadchurch, which slipped slightly to 6.4m (25.7%).

On Tuesday Channel 5 had its usual mixed bag of ratings with CSI once again drawing its largest audience with 1.7m (7.1%), CSI: NY held the middle ground with 950k (5.9%) viewers whilst Dallas continued to dwindle in the doldrums with just 375k (4.4%) in its late night slot.

Over on Channel 4 the final series of Shameless was up slightly on last week’s episode, recording an audience of 1.2m (7.6%).

Lightfields is struggling on ITV with only 2.8m (12.5%) viewers switching on for the supernatural sequel to Marchlands. Channel 5’s NCIS is proving to be Wednesday’s CSI with 1.5m (6.5%) viewers and Law and Order: SVU was enjoyed by 670k (3.9%) straight after.

In the comedy world, after a very good start, Sue Perkins’ Heading Out crashed to 678k (3.7%) viewers and is a long way from the 1.8m it launched with. Channel 4 launched The Mimic on Wednesday to the tune of 1.2m (6.7%), Being Eileen continued on Monday with a healthy 2 million (14.7%) viewers and army-based sitcom Bluestone 42 managed 541k (3%) for BBC Three on Tuesday.

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

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