Despite dominating the Saturday evening schedules, ITV1 struggled against the BBC as both channels launch new dramas.
A postponed Silent Witness two-parter began on Sunday 19th August, concluding on Monday night. Part 1 saw the show pull in 5.6m (24.5%) viewers, down just over a million on April’s Series 15 opener, but still enough to beat ITV1’s drama premiere The Last Weekend, which only managed 3.3m (14.6%).
The Beeb also came out victorious in round two on Monday night as the second part of Silent Witness beat the concluding episode of Ruth Rendall’s Thirteen Steps Down with 4.8m (20.2%) and 3m (12.5%) viewers respectively.
There were some slight disappointments for the BBC however as the second episode of Accused’s new series slipped to, a still impressive, 4.5m (19.5%) on Tuesday 21st and Vexed recorded its lowest figures of the series so far with 887k (4%) on Wednesday.
Over on Channel 5, US import Once Upon a Time enchanted 958k (6.4%) viewers and Person of Interest slipped slightly to 1.3m (5.5%) in an earlier time slot.
As we look forward to next week the big question is will ITV1 continue to rule the ratings on a Saturday night against the return of some little sci-fi show that’s been around for 49 years. Only time (and space) will tell.
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