ITV1 brings in 6m with new drama

LONDON - The first episode of ITV1's three-part drama 'Place of Execution' attracted 6m viewers in the 9pm time slot last night, edging out BBC One's 'New Tricks', according to unofficial overnight figures.

Based on Val McDermid's acclaimed crime novel, the taut thriller follows events around the disappearance of a 13-year old girl in 1963 and stars Juliet Stevenson.

It debuted with a 26% share of viewing, topping BBC One's repeated eccentric police series, which had 5m viewers and a 22% audience share during the 9-10pm slot. Last week 'New Tricks' won the primetime slot with 5.4m viewers and a 23% share.

BBC Two rounded out the top three with its documentary 'Amazon', presented by adventurer Bruce Parry, which pulled in 2.3m viewers and 10% share.

Revealing the effect of spiralling house prices, Channel 4's 'The Price of Property' managed 1.3m viewers and a 6% audience share. An additional 69,400 viewers caught it on Channel 4+1.

For Five, the final instalment of 'Extreme Fishing with Robson Green' drew 1.1m viewers and a 5% share in the 9pm slot.

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