With consolidated ratings factored in, the third episode of Line of Duty’s six episode second run has hit a new season high.
The third episode, which originally aired on Wednesday March 26th at 9pm, averaged 3.3 million viewers with 7 days of consolidation. That is a huge increase of 1.1 million viewers or 50% on the initial overnight audience of 2.2 million viewers and represents a new ratings high for the second season of the drama series. The third episode’s consolidated ratings are also up (marginally) from the consolidated figures for episode two, which managed 3.2 million viewers. Season-to-date the second season of Line of Duty has been averaging an overnight audience of 2.1 million viewers and a consolidated audience of 3.1 million viewers.
Line of Duty‘s competition in the Wednesday night 9pm time-slot also made some decent gains on their initial overnight audiences. Outnumbered on BBC One consolidated to just over 6 million viewers, posting gains of 1.7 million viewers or 40%; ITV’s Midsomer Murders (8pm-10pm) was more or less flat with its overnight audience of just under 4 million viewers; 24 Hours In A&E over on Channel 4 added 0.5 million viewers or 22% to its initial overnight audience of 2.3 million viewers to deliver 2.8 million; and finally NCIS on Channel 5 rose to 1.4 million viewers, up some 200K or 17% on the initial overnight audience of 1.2 million viewers.