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'Death in Paradise' returns with largest ever audience

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Popular BBC One drama Death in Paradise returned to screens with its biggest ever audience last night.

The second series premiere of the crime comedy drama, climaxing with the resolution of a murder mystery, pulled in 6.86m (26.6%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour.

The show, starring Danny John-Jules, Ben Miller and Sara Martins, averaged exactly the same audience as ITV had for new Sunday night hit Mr Selfridge.

Danny John-Jules

© BBC Pictures

Death In Paradise: Sara Martins and Ben Miller














Meanwhile on ITV1, a celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire? entertained 3.3m (13.8%) at 8pm (+1: 126k), not far in front of BBC Two's Stargazing Live which took 2.98m (11.8%).

However, Millionaire's figures look fine when compared to the 1.68m (7.1%) audience for ITV's 9pm one-off factual offering, All You Can Eat.

The Polar Bear Family and Me capped a strong night for BBC Two with 2.31m (10.7%) from 9.30pm.

The Undateables remains a draw for Channel 4 with 2.22m (9.3%) and 362,000 on +1, roughly on par with last year's opening numbers. Don't Blame Facebook followed with 1.06m (6.1%) at 10pm (+1: 206k), while Supersize v Superskinny logged 1.67m (7%) at 8pm (+1: 138k).

The Undateables, C4, Tue 8 Jan

© Channel 4



For Richard Desmond's Channel 5 network, Benidorm ER launched with a decent 1.32m (5%) at 8pm (+1: 116k), then the audience dropped to 954k (4%) for Body of Proof, before soaring to 1.9m (10.7%) for Celebrity Big Brother.

Overall, BBC One dominated primetime with 25.3%, ITV1 way behind with 12.6% (+1: 0.5%), and BBC Two in third place with 9%. Channel 4 followed with 6.4% (+1: 0.9%) ahead of 5's 5.2% (+1: 0.4%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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