Broadchurch and BGT pull in record viewers for ITV

The finale of Broadchurch, the ITV drama starring David Tennant, attracted record viewings for the channel this year, peaking at 9.3 million viewers last night.

Broadchurch: Olivia Colman and David Tennant
Broadchurch: Olivia Colman and David Tennant

Unofficial overnight figures show that Broadchurch was the most popular programme between 9pm and 10pm, with a 36.4% share, or 8.7 million, of the total TV audience. When excluding ITV +1, 8.4 million people tuned in; a 35.3% share.

The final series of Broadchurch was the most-watched of show's three. The crime drama, which stars Tennant and Olivia Colman as murder detectives, first aired in 2013 and ran a second series in 2014.

ITV said the finale is its most-watched show this year, along with Britain’s Got Talent, which also launched with 8.7 million viewers on Saturday night. Before this, Coronation Street was was the most-watched show with 7.5 million viewers.

Britain’s Got Talent aired between 8pm and 9.25pm, and took a 42.4% share of the total audience. When excluding ITV +1, 7.9 million people tuned in, a 38.8% share. Last year's opening show pulled in 8.8 million people, a 40.3% share.


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