Monday, 9 March 2015
Congratulations Poldark! Nearly 7 Million Viewers
Updated 18 March 2015: Mammoth Screen reports the consolidated viewing figure for Episode 1 8.7 million.
Congratulations to Poldark for reaching nearly 7 million viewers with its opening episode last night, making it the BBC's best performing Sunday night drama since the first episode of The Musketeers.
Broadcast Now reports that Poldark drew an audience of 6.9 million, which was 29% share of those watching television at that time. 65% of the audience was aged 55 or above.
The Musketeers opened in January 2014 with an audience of 7.4 million The BBC's average for this 9 pm Sunday slot for the past year has been five million (21.3%). Poldark may have benefitted somewhat from following on from the series finale of Call the Midwife which had 8.7 million viewers.
While it has some way to go to rival Downton Abbey which, even now, regularly attracts over 8 million viewers, Poldark certainly got off to a strong start. Well done!