Ratings: BBC Two’s ‘The Fall’ Returns Down With 2.5 Million Viewers

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BBC Two’s The Fall kicked off its second season with a respectable audience last night.

The Gillian Anderson fronted show, which holds the record as BBC Two’s highest rated drama series in more than a decade, returned to 2.5 million viewers and a 12% share.

While a relatively strong showing, that is nevertheless down by 29% on the season one premiere (3.5 million viewers), 31% on the season one finale (3.6 million viewers) and 24% on the season one overnight average (3.3 million viewers).

Despite that decrease in viewership from the first season, The Fall was still able to beat the channel’s 12 month slot-average. The figures are expected to increase significantly once consolidated numbers are available, especially given that the first season saw lifts of up to 40% once time-shifted viewing was factored in.

Elsewhere at 9pm last night, the latest episode of Life Story on BBC One pulled in 3.2 million viewers and 15% share; Neil Diamond: One Night Only on ITV averaged 3.1 million viewers and a 16% share; Channel 4’s 24 Hours In A&E was watched by 2.2 million viewers and a 11% share; while Channel 5’s Criminals: Caught On Camera managed just under a million viewers and a 4% share.