After hitting a series low rating last week with 3.2 million viewers, BBC One’s Hunted has continued its slide in the ratings with last night’s outing (episode 5 of 8) drawing in 3.1 million viewers and a 14% share. That represents a new series low for Hunted, which, week-to-week, is down some 100 000 viewers or 3%. Even so, the spy drama still won the 9pm time-slot by almost 0.6 million viewers. Sources at the BBC, however, were keen to stress that Hunted has consistently proved itself to be a big gainer in the consolidated ratings, which have seen the series increase the size of its audience by 27% for the premiere episode and 32% for episodes two and three.
Elsewhere at 9pm on the night of Thursday November 1st, Operation Iceberg on BBC Two pulled in 2.7 million viewers and a 12% share; ITV1’s Homefront drew an audience of 2.5 million viewers and a 11% share, up some 0.4 million viewers or 19% on last week’s rating; Channel 4’s one-off The Human Mannequin pulled in 2 million viewers and a 9% share; the second outing of Hatfields & McCoys over on Channel 5 pulled in 1.1 million viewers and a 5% share, down only slightly on last week’s 1.2 million viewers and 6% share; and finally, Red Dwarf over on UKTV’s Dave channel pulled in just shy of 1.1 million viewers and a 5% share.