BBC Two’s Line of Duty has seen some significant ratings growth in the second episode of its six episode second season.
Last night’s episode, which aired in the 9pm slot, pulled in an audience of 2.2 million viewers and a 9% share. That represents an increase of 0.4 million viewers or 22% on the 1.8 million who watched the second season premiere last week. Season-to-date the second season of Line of Duty has been averaging an overnight audience of 2 million viewers. The improved performance of Line of Duty, while no doubt helped this week by the absence of ITV’s Midsomer Murders in the slot, was nevertheless still considerably down on season one’s average overnight audience of 3.2 million viewers.
Elsewhere at 9pm last night: BBC One’s Outnumbered pulled in 3.9 million viewers and a 16% share, which was followed by a repeat of Mrs Brown’s Boys which was more or less even with an average audience of 3.8 million viewers and a 16% share; The Brits over on ITV (8pm-10:15pm) averaged 4.2 million viewers; Channel 4’s 24 Hours In A&E managed 2 million viewers and a 10% share; while a repeat episode of NCIS on Channel 5 interested just over 1 million viewers.