BBC One’s Hunted returned with its fourth episode in the 9pm time-slot pulling in 3.2 million viewers and a 14% share, representing a series low for the Big Light/Kudos produced series. Week-to-week, the series is down by 0.2 million or 6% in terms of total viewers. Even so, Hunted still won the 9pm time-slot by almost 400 000 viewers.
Over the course of its first season, Hunted has been averaging 3.6 million viewers in the overnight ratings and has, 3 weeks out of 4, won the 9pm time-slot. The series has also proven itself to be a big gainer in the consolidated ratings; posting gains of 27% for episode 1 and 32% for episode 2, once delayed viewing was taken into account. I hear that both the BBC and US broadcaster Cinemax have been impressed with the rise in viewership they have seen once time-shifted and on demand viewing has been factored in & that a second season renewal is on the cards and is currently being discussed with Kudos.
Elsewhere on Thursday night, BBC Two’s The Choir pulled in 2.8 million viewers and a 12% share; ITV1’s Homefront continued to slide in the ratings, pulling in a mere 2.1 million viewers and a 9% share; Channel 4’s special The Town That Caught Tourettes attracted an impressive 2.2 million viewers and a 10% share; while the premiere of mini-series Hatfields & McCoys pulled in a respectable 1.2 million viewers and a 6% share.