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Broadchurch attracts six million viewers


Story by Jack Foley

STAR-studded new ITV crime drama Broadchurch proved to be a big ratings winner on Monday night (March 4, 2013), attracting over six million viewers.

The high-profile eight part series is headed by David Tennant and Olivia Colman and focuses on a police investigation into the murder of a child.

It aired in the 9pm slot and, according to overnight figures, over 6.15 million tuned in for the opening instalment with an extra 716k switching on to watch on +1.

Ironically, Broadchurch went up against BBC1’s similar crime series Mayday, which also focuses on a murder involving a child, and which stars Aiden Gillan.

That series, which began on Sunday night and airs over consecutive nights, dropped to an audience of 4.3 million in the same time slot.

Elsewhere among the Monday night line-up, Sky1’s Arrow continues to prove a rating success, pulling in 560k for the 8pm comic book adaptation.

Related: Read our verdict on Broadchurch

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