Fifth series of Cornish drama launched with 5.8m
In this week’s drama arena, Poldark returned in rather decent shape for BBC1, while the channel’s Dark Money found the going a tad tougher.
Meanwhile, Top Gear seems to have found its feet on BBC2 once more with its Flintoff/McGuinness/Harris combination in the latest reboot of the franchise that Angela Rippon and Noel Edmonds once fronted.
BBC2: TOP GEAR
The latest series of BBC2’s Top Gear ended with 3.2 million/14% on Sunday 14 July (at a delayed 8:25pm instead of 8pm due to the Wimbledon women’s doubles final overrunning) after 1.3 million recorded and watched.
This was the lowest of the series, but over the five-week run Top Gear averaged 3.8 million/18% – 1.5 million and nine share points more than Matt LeBlanc’s last series, which averaged 2.3 million/9% from 17 February for five weeks.
This summer’s average is also ahead of 2017’s run (LeBlanc’s debut as main host), which averaged 3.1 million/12% over the course of seven weeks from 5 March.
This series averaged 168,000 via non-TV devices, comprised of 94,000 via PC/laptops, 30,000 on tablets and 44,000 on smartphones, raising the average to nearly 4 million. Top Gear’s last ever Jeremy Clarkson and co series averaged 6.3 million/22% and 2 million ABC1 men in 2015.
Poldark returned for its fifth series on BBC1 on Sunday 14 July at 9pm with 5.8 million/23% – 165,000 fewer than 2018’s launch on 10 June (6 million/24%) and one share point fewer. In terms of non-TV viewing, it was watched by a further 158,000 via devices.
The 72,000 on PC/laptops was the best, almost bringing the total to 2018’s launch number. Poldark’s fifth series opener gathered 3.7 million/28% ABC1 adults, the best upmarket rating for the drama since 2017’s third series finale (3.7 million/29%) on 6 August.
The show’s TV rating was behind the launch of Gentleman Jack’s opener, the slot’s previous incumbent, which began on 19 May with 6.5 million/28%.
BBC1: DARK MONEY
BBC1’s four-part drama Dark Money launched on Monday 8 July at 9pm, gathering 3.4 million/15% after 845,000 recorded and watched, with another 104,000 watching via non-TV viewing.
Tuesday’s second episode achieved 2.8 million/13% after 864,000 recorded and watched – no data for device viewing was available.
Dark Money’s opener was the third-lowest launch of any BBC1 drama this year so far, ahead of Years And Years’ 3.3 million/15% on Tuesday 14 May and Trust Me’s 2.9 million/13% on Tuesday 16 April.
|Title||Day||Viewers (m) (all homes)||Share (%)||Gain (m)||Gain (%)||Broadcaster|
|6||THE HANDMAID’S TALE||SUN||1.94||8.30||1.01||108.30||C4|
|27||LOUIS THEROUX: SURVIVING AMERICA’S MOST…||SUN||2.07||8.76||0.71||52.40||BBC2|