The return of BBC1 drama Last Tango in Halifax failed to outmanoeuvre England’s showdown with Germany, which peaked with nearly 8m viewers on Tuesday night.
Last Tango in Halifax (BBC1) 9pm-10pm
The Red Production Company drama - written by Sally Wainwright and starring Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid - began its second series with an audience that was marginally down on last year’s debut of 6.2m (25.5%).
The show grew its audience over the period it was on air, beginning with 5.9m (23.7%) in its first five minutes and peaking with 6.2m (25.7%) between 9.50pm and 9.55pm.
Last Tango also topped BBC1’s slot average of 5.7m (24.2%) by around 300,000 viewers, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.
The drama is heavily female skewing, with 67% of its audience being made up of women. By comparison, 63% of the football’s audience was men.
International Football Live (ITV) 7.30pm-10.10pm
England’s 1-0 defeat to Germany was the highest-rated event in primetime. The coverage peaked with 7.9m (31.5%) viewers over the five-minute period from 8.30pm.
The Mentalist (C5) 9pm-10pm
C5’s US drama was next in line at 9pm, beating both BBC2 and Channel 4.
Strange Days: Cold War Britain (BBC2) 9pm-10pm
The second episode in Dominic Sandbrook’s three-part series lost around 400,000 viewers on last week.
The Sound of Musicals (C4) 9pm-10pm
Similarly, C4’s Stephen Mangan-narrated documentary lost more than half a million viewers on its debut last week. It was the lowest-rated terrestrial effort at 9pm.