TUESDAY: Third series concludes with channel’s biggest audience in almost five years

Our Yorkshire Farm (C5) 9pm-10pm
2.7m (16.2%)

The third run of Renegade’s six-parter has improved week-on-week since its launch and ended with a slot-winning performance that was the highest-rated C5 show since February 2016 when The X Files launched to 3.7m (16.3%).

Our Yorkshire Farm was some way ahead of last year’s best–performer - Michael Palin in North Korea (2.5m / 14.9%).

More-than doubling the 1.2m (6.6%) slot average, last night’s offering from the Yorkshire Dales quadrupled 16-24 share to 13.7% (70,000) from benchmark, while over-65 share almost tripled to capture 22% (1.5m) of those watching TV at the time.

The first four episodes have so far consolidated to 2.9m (13.5%), according to Barb data from overnights.tv. Across the six-part run the overnight series average was 2.3m (13.3%).

Our Yorkshire Farm just about won the 9pm slot, ahead of the second half of an ITV repeat of two-hour Morse (2.6m / 16.1%).

Elsewhere at 9pm, the second episode of BBC2’s Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom (Minnow Films) shed around one-quarter of last week’s viewers to interest 890,000 (5.4%).

It was defeated by Channel 4’s How to Avoid a Second Wave, which informed 1.1m (6.7%), failing to match the 1.7m (9.2%) slot benchmark.

Parable’s one-off, hosted by the van Tulleken twins, followed the pair’s previous coronavirus-related efforts for C4 - When Will Lockdown End? (760,000 / 3.5%) and How to Isolate Yourself (1.7m / 7.5%) – both of which aired in Sunday 8pm slots in April and March respectively.

At 8pm, the latest from BBC1’s Truth About… strand (BBC Studios) secured 2m (12.4%) – 1m behind the slot average.

Michael Mosley and Mehreen Baig’s exploration of the under-regulation of the cosmetic industry failed to match the previous Truth About… on takeaways, which gained 2.8m (16.6%) in a Thursday 9pm slot in February.

It was also slightly off Mosley’s recent C4 opener Lose a Stone in 21 Days, which kicked off with 2.2m (13.7%) before dipping for its following two episodes.

The second episode of BBC2’s This Farming Life (BBCS) lost 200,000 to return 1.4m (8.5%).

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