As it turns out Sam Hunter isn’t invincible. After facing some fairly soft competition for the past three weeks (which led to Hunted winning the slot for three weeks in a row), Hunted was unable to hold its own against the season finale of ITV1’s DCI Banks and the network premiere of The Inbetweeners Movie over on Channel 4. The spy drama hit a new series low with 2.6 million viewers and an 11% share, down some 0.5 million viewers or 16% week-to-week. In the overnights, Hunted has been averaging 3.4 million viewers; while in the consolidateds the series is averaging 4.8 million viewers.
Elsewhere on Thursday night at 9pm, BBC Two’s Great Continental Railway Journeys pulled in 2.4 million viewers and an 11% share; the second season finale of DCI Banks over on ITV1 won the slot, pulling in 3.7 million viewers and a 16% share (up significantly from the finale of Homefront last week); the network premiere of The Inbetweeners Movie on Channel 4 pulled in 2.8 million viewers and a 14% share; and, finally, the latest outing of Channel 5’s mini-series Hatfields & McCoys was down slightly week-to-week with 0.9 million viewers and a 4% share.