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'Luther' returns with 5 million viewers on BBC One

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Luther returned for a third series to top the ratings on Tuesday evening, according to overnight figures.

Idris Elba's BBC One drama thrilled 5.00 million viewers (21.7%) at 9pm, but was down over 700,000 from its previous episode in 2011.

Luther - Series 3, Episode 1 - DCI John Luther (Idris Elba)

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DCI John Luther



On BBC Two, Today at Wimbledon scored 1.67m (7.7%) at 8pm, while Route Masters continued with 1.83m (8.0%) at 9pm.

On ITV, Nature's Newborns interested 2.69m (12.6%) at 7.30pm. Secrets from the Workhouse dropped 300k from last week's opener to 2.80m (14.3%) at 9pm (295k/1.8% on +1).

Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Garden climbed to 3.06m (14.2%) at 8pm (196k/0.9%).

Channel 4's new series Gok Live: Stripping for Sunshine entertained 1.19m (5.5%) at 8pm (182k/0.8%). Child Genius interested 1.34m (5.8%) at 9pm (242k/1.4%). The penultimate episode of Dates was seen by 692k (3.8%) at 10pm (130k/1.3%).

On Channel 5, Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun brought in 1.40m (6.5%) at 8pm. CSI continued with 1.77m (7.7%) at 9pm.

Alan Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarsh

Wolfie in the diary room.

© Channel 5

Wolfie in Big Brother



Big Brother's latest episode attracted 1.45m (8.7%) at 10pm, while Bit on the Side rose to 643k (7.6%) at 11pm.

BBC Three's The Call Centre dipped to 754k (3.3%) at 9pm. The final Sweat the Small Stuff with Nick Grimshaw dropped to a new low of 272k (1.5%) at 10pm.

BBC Four documentary The Fairytale Castles of King Ludwig II with Dan Cruickshank educated 728k (3.2%) at 9pm.

On Dave, Storage Hunters was the most-watched multichannel show with 777k (3.5%) at 8.30pm (175k/0.8%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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