Ratings: BBC Two’s ‘Line Of Duty’ Down In Season 2 Premiere

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BBC Two’s Line of Duty was unable to match the ratings prowess of its first season – which at the time was BBC Two’s highest rated drama series in ten years – when it returned for its second season last night.

The opening episode of the show’s six episode second run pulled in 1.8 million viewers and a 7% share. That is down some 1.6 million viewers or 47% on the 3.4 million who tuned into the season one premiere in June 2012; and down 1.3 million viewers or 41% on the 3.1 million who watched the season one finale in July 2012.

Elsewhere at 9pm last night: BBC One’s Outnumbered pulled in 4.2 million viewers and a 17% share, followed by a repeat of Mrs Brown’s Boys which was watched by an average audience of 3.7 million viewers; ITV’s Midsomer Murders averaged 5.5 million viewers and a 22% share in its two-hour slot (8pm-10pm); over at Channel 4 24 Hours In A&E averaged 2.2 million viewers and a 10% share; a repeat episode of NCIS on Channel 5 managed just under one million viewers; while Sky Atlantic’s four-part drama Fleming opened to 105K viewers and a 0.4% share.