BBC One’s ‘Atlantis’ Dips In Week 2, ‘The Blacklist’ Opens As Sky Living’s Highest Rated Premiere In 20 Years

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BBC One’s new family drama Atlantis suffered a slight dip in the ratings on Saturday night, overnight figures have revealed.

The second episode of the BBC Wales/BBC America co-production pulled in 5.1 million viewers and a 21% share. Those figures are down 500k viewers or 9% from the 5.6 million viewers who tuned into the series premiere on Saturday September 29th. That said, the series was still able to hold its own against ITV’s The X Factor which was watched by an average audience of 8.5 million viewers, up from last week’s 7.8 million viewers.

Elsewhere, the SPT/NBC drama The Blacklist has proved to be a hit on both sides of the pond. Fresh off of breaking DVR records in the United States by adding more than 5 million viewers in Live+3 for the show’s second episode and earning a back nine order from NBC, the series opened strongly for UK broadcaster Sky Living. Per BSkyB and Sony, The Blacklist premiere is Sky Living’s highest rating series premiere in 20 years and ranks as the No. 1 non-terrestrial program for the day of October 4th in all key demographics.