Ratings round-up: ‘The Bletchley Circle’ beats ‘Good Cop’

The ITV1 drama fightback began this week with three new dramas making their debuts.

On Monday 3rd September Martin Clunes’ A Mother’s Son drew 4.6m (18.2%) viewers for ITV1. It was still soundly beaten by BBC One’s New Tricks, which managed 6.9m (27.8%) on the same night in the same time slot, but it did give ITV1 a strong start to the week that the channel continued to build on.

The second part of A Mother’s Son lost viewers on Tuesday with 4.1m (17.5%) tuning in yet managed to beat Accused, which only managed 3.3m (14.2%) viewers for the final episode of its second series on BBC One.

Wednesday 5th saw ITV1 launch new drama series Mrs Biggs, charting the true life relationship between Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and his first wife Charmian Brent. Mrs Biggs managed 3.8m (17.4%) viewers in the 9pm slot, beating both the much vaunted return of Dallas on Channel 5 (2.9m – 13.1%) and the final episode of undervalued comedy cop show Vexed, which only captivated 800k (3.6%) viewers on BBC Two.

ITV1’s good run of form continued on Thursday as debutant The Bletchley Circle rounded up 4.5m (19.5%) viewers compared to the Beeb’s 3.3m (14.5%) for the second instalment of Good Cop.

Other shows of note this week not ending in ‘…lympics’ or ‘…elebrity Big Brother’ include US import Person of Interest, which continued to perform strongly for Channel 5 with 1.1m (4.6%) viewers.

Controversial sitcom Citizen Khan shed 800k viewers this week with a total of 2.8m (19.3%), but this could be more to do with the negative reviews than any actual offence being caused.

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

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