Struggling and re-badged BBC1 drama The Eustace Brothers, formerly known as Paradise Heights, last night (29 July) upped its audience by around 900,000 viewers week-on-week to break the 4 million mark for the frst time in its run, writes Luke Satchell

Struggling and re-badged BBC1 drama The Eustace Brothers, formerly known as Paradise Heights, last night (29 July) upped its audience by around 900,000 viewers week-on-week to break the 4 million mark for the frst time in its run, writes Luke Satchell

The third episode in a series of six held 4.6 million viewers (21.2%) between 21.00 and 22.00, still not satisfactory figures for a BBC1 drama in the prime 21.00 slot, but improvement enough to give hope for the remainder of the series. It was not enough however to defeat ITV1's documentary Honeymoons From Hell, which had 5.3 million (24.7%) in the same slot.

Previously at 20.00, ITV1's Package Holiday Undecover had 4.9 million (22.7%), and then new documentary series Don't Drop The Coffin lost 600,000 viewers week-on-week, recording 4.1 million (18.3%). BBC1's Holby City had 7.7 million (34.7%) between 20.00 and 21.00.

Channel 4's Cutting Edge again put in a heavyweight performance at 21.00, although with the Eustace Brothers making such a significant improvement it failed to defeat BBC1 as it did last week. This time the documentary series took a look at the subject of family mass-murders, holding 3.3 million (15.3%) for an hour. It comfortably won the slot against the channel's closest rivals, with BBC2's Rebels and Redcoats getting 1.7 million (8%), and Five's CSI: Miami getting 2.6 million (11.8%).

Average peaktime shares for Tuesday 29 July: BBC1 - 29.9%, ITV1 - 23.3%, Channel 4 - 11%, BBC2 - 9.5%, Five - 8.3%, Others - 18%

BARB figures provided by Peaktime

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