Ratings round-up: ‘Red Dwarf’ returns with 1.5m viewers

The crew of Red Dwarf flew back onto our screens this week for their first full series since 1999 and attracted an impressive 1.5m (6.3%) viewers.

‘Trojan’, the first episode of Series X, helped Dave to its second highest ratings in its history; losing out, ironically enough, to Red Dwarf’s ‘Back to Earth’ specials in 2009.

Thursday night also saw the launch of the BBC One’s new spy drama Hunted, which was seen by 4.5m (19.3%) people and easily beat the second episode of Homefront on ITV1, which slipped to 2.3m and a 10% share of the audience.

The second episode blues also affected two shows on Tuesday as The Paradise and Cuckoo both lost viewers. The Paradise still pulled in an impressive 4.9m (20.7%) viewers but Greg Davies’ Odd Couple-esque sitcom slipped to 789k (4.3%) after last week’s record-breaking debut.

New Tricks continued to dominate Monday nights with an audience of 7.3m and Mrs Biggs finally won its Wednesday 9pm time slot for ITV1 as 4.1m (19%) people tuned in for the concluding part.

Finally, over on Channel 5, consistency appears to be the watch word as both Person of Interest and Dallas held reasonably steady with 1.1m (4.7%) and 1.3m (6.1%) viewers respectively.

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

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