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Luther back with 5m

BBC1’s detective brand Luther returned on Tuesday with its lowest series debut audience to date.

Luther (BBC1) 9pm-10pm
5m (21.72%)

The crime drama, starring Idris Elba, launched in a blaze of publicity, but it failed to convert into a winning audience.

Its audience of 5m was 600k below 2011’s series opener, which drew 5.6m (25.16%). The first run launched with 5.64m (23.78%) the year before.

The programme also dipped under BBC1’s slot average of 5.19m (21.91%) for the past 12 months, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.

It also lost half a million viewers over the period it was on air, opening with 5.09m (22.3%) between 9pm and 9.05pm, before bowing out with 4.59m (20.37%) in its final five minutes.

Despite the relative underperformance, Luther was still victorious in the 9pm slot, securing nearly 2m more viewers than its closest terrestrial rival.

Secrets from the Workhouse (ITV) 9pm-10pm
3.09m (13.45%)

The second half of ITV’s two-part documentary lost around 400k viewers. Overall, the series averaged 3.26m (14.49%).

The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads (BBC2) 9pm-10pm
1.83m (7.96%)

BBC2’s six-part series hit its halfway mark and recovered from last week’s low of 1.79m (8.15%).

Child Genius (C4) 9pm-10pm
1.79m (8.15%)

C4’s look at gifted children bowed out with an almost identical audience to last week. The four-part series pulled in an average of 1.75m (7.92%) viewers.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (C5) 9pm-10pm
1.96m (8.51%)

Child Genius and Route Masters both lost out to CSI, which arrested its biggest audience of the series.

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