There was no substantial week two drop off for BBC Two’s The Fall. The drama series managed to pull in 3.4 million viewers and a 15% share. With those figures the series was able to, once again, beat off the competition and rank as the highest rating programme of the hour; winning the 9pm slot.
Last night’s figures for The Fall are down by a mere 100 000 viewers on last week’s series premiere of 3.5 million viewers, marking a minimal drop off of 3%. The lack of a substantial drop off is good news for the series. Most new dramas, especially ones with such high pedigree casts and violent subject matter, rate well in their openers but see a drop off in viewership due to the so-called curiosity factor. The strong audience retention in week 2 will likely be on the minds of BBC execs as they decide whether or not to commission a second season (more on developments on that front here).
Elsewhere on Monday night at 9pm, Panorama’s special investigation into the Hillsborough disaster on BBC One pulled in 2.8 million viewers and an 12% share; ITV’s Vicious pulled in 2.6 million viewers and a 11% share at 9pm, while The Job Lot attracted 1.9 million viewers and a 8% share at 9:30pm; the second episode of Channel 4’s documentary series Skint pulled in 2.7 million viewers and a 11% share; and a special showing of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on Channel 5 averaged 1.8 million viewers and a 8% share.