BBC One’s Death In Paradise returned last night for its third season, achieving record ratings for the series, overnight figures have revealed.
Last night’s episode, which saw the departure of original series star Ben Miller and the introduction of new lead Kris Marshall, was watched by an average audience of 7.1 million viewers/29.7% share, peaking with 7.3 million viewers. With those figures, Death In Paradise‘s third season premiere not only won the 9pm slot but hit a new high, making it the series highest ever rated episode.
“We’re thrilled that the Death In Paradise audience have taken new DI, Humphrey Goodman, to their hearts”, said Tony Jordan, Executive Producer and co-founder of production company Red Planet Pictures. “Such strong ratings are a brilliant way to kick off the new series and we hope that audiences will continue to tune in to see Humphrey grow and develop in Saint Marie throughout the series”