Hit for Blue Murder

Hit for Blue Murder

Blue Murder: enjoyed an impressive audience of 8.4 million and a 37% share

The debut episode of ITV1's new police drama Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin, enjoyed an impressive audience of 8.4 million and a 37% share of all viewing on Sunday night.

The drama, which pulled ITV1's average audience share for the Sunday night slot up by 11%, fought off tough competition from the BBC at 9pm.

BBC1's new six-part thriller State of Mind, charting the relationship between Fleet Street and Westminster, managed just 5.2 million and a 22% share in comparison.

Earlier in the week, Tuesday night's eagerly anticipated documentary The Day Britain Stopped kept 4.1 million viewers glued to their screens as BBC2 told the story of a hypothetical meltdown in the country's transport system.

The convincing portrayal of a day of doom for the UK managed an 18% share of audience, an impressive performance for BBC2.

It appeared to trim the edges off BBC1's audience for the second episode of the new series of Cutting It, which managed just seven million and a 30% share - down slightly on the previous week's performance.

The news was more disappointing for Channel 4 the same evening, with its much-hyped series Trust Me, I'm a Teenager pulling in just 1.4 million and a six per cent audience share.

Wednesday evening's gathering of the stars for ITV1's The British Soap Awards gave the channel another strong performance, with 8.7 million tuning in to see their favourite tv families pick up a collection of gongs.

The second episode of the new series of Bad Girls slipped in the ratings slightly, attracting 7.2 million viewers - 0.7 million down on its opening night last Thursday.

It was a strong peak-time performance for Five on Thursday with its airing of wartime action adventure Three Kings pulling in a healthy 2.3 million and a 12% audience share.

The popularity of Alistair McGowan does not appear to be waning, with Friday night's The Big Impression drawing an audience of 7.7 million to the celebrity impersonations.

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