Ratings: ‘The Fall’ Dips To 2.9 Million Viewers In Week Three, Holds Up Against Stiffer Competition From ITV

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Up against considerably stronger competition than in the past two weeks, BBC Two’s recently renewed drama series The Fall saw a dip in audience for its third episode, which aired last night in the 9pm time-slot.

Across the hour it was on, The Fall averaged 2.9 million viewers. That is down some 500 000 viewers or 15% from last week’s episode which pulled in 3.4 million viewers and a 15% share. The fairly significant ratings drop from week two to week three is thought to be due to the fact that the show was up against ITV’s Coronation Street and the Britain’s Got Talent results show, both of which command strong live audiences. Even so, The Fall was able to hold its own against the two ratings juggernauts and the figures for episode three are expected rise significantly once consolidated figures are made available.

Elsewhere at 9pm, on BBC One documentary special The Queen: A Passion For Horses pulled in 3.5 million viewers and a 14% share; over on ITV the special showing of Coronation Street averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 39% share; that was followed by the Britain’s Got Talent results show at 9:30pm which pulled in 7.9 million viewers and a 31% share; the third episode of Channel 4’s documentary series Skint pulled in 1.5 million viewers and a 6% share, while over on Channel 5 World’s Scariest Animal Attacks averaged 0.76 million viewers and a 3% share.