BBC One’s The Paradise continues to post significant ratings gains when consolidated figures are factored in.
The second episode of the period drama’s eight episode second season, which originally aired on Sunday October 27th at 8pm, pulled in a consolidated audience of 5.4 million viewers. The represents an increase of 0.8 million viewers or 17% on the initial overnight audience of 4.6 million viewers. Comparing consolidated figures, The Paradise lost 0.6 million viewers from the first (6 million viewers) to the second episode (5.4 million viewers) this season. Though the figures are slightly skewed this early on, season-to-date the second season of The Paradise is averaging a consolidated audience of 5.7 million viewers, steady with the average consolidated audience for season one which was, again, 5.7 million viewers.
Loosely based on the French novel by Emile Zola, The Paradise follows the ambitious and big hearted Denise Lovett who arrives in the City to find work. She finds a job at The Paradise, the first ever department store.The store provides the catalyst for her rags-to-riches story as she falls in love with the exhilarating and dangerous charms of the modern world and her eyes are opened to a whole new world of possibilities. The drama series is produced by BBC Drama Productions and features a large cast which includes Emun Elliott, Joanna Vanderham, Elaine Cassidy, Sarah Lancashire, Matthew McNulty, Peter Wight, David Hayman, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy, Ruby Bentall, Finn Burridge, Patrick Malahide and Olivia Hallinan.