'Gillian Anderson's speech at the end of tonight's episode is so important to women everywhere' - The Fall's return is a hit with viewers
More than 300,000 people tuned in to watch the return of hit series The Fall - but many were left disappointed that Jamie Dornan's character Paul Spector was unconscious for most of the show.
The RTE and BBC co-production, which stars the Northern Ireland actor as a sinister serial killer, commanded a 27pc share of Sunday night's audience.
An average of 331,000 people tuned into the highly-anticipated opener. Season two finished with Spector bleeding out after being shot in a police ambush and fans were relieved to see him return to the show.
However, it seems their relief was shortlived, with many taking to social media to criticise the opening episode.
"The Fall is more like a hospital documentary - enough fancy medical words, people - we want the story," one viewer wrote.
"Was looking forward to The Fall but someone needs to get kidnapped quickly [it's] boring," another complained.
Meanwhile, Gillian Anderson, who plays Detective Stella Gibson in the show, was widely praised for her performance.
One Twitter user commended both Anderson and the writing for her character.
"Gillian Anderson's speech at the end of tonight's episode is so important to women everywhere. Powerful writing," they said.
This season will be Dornan's last on the show, but bosses have indicated that it will continue with Anderson in the leading role.
Since first appearing on the show, Dornan, who is married to actress Amelia Warner, has become a star and sex symbol in his own right, starring in the Fifty Shades of Grey films.
But the actor says that nothing has changed for him since becoming one of the world's most well-known faces.
"Of course I'm insecure, I feel insecure about everything. Nothing changes when you become famous," he said.
"I can remember making videos with a camcorder or voice recordings and you always cringe a bit when you see or hear yourself.
"I don't believe there are any actors who feel totally secure and if they do, well, that's worrying," he added.
Despite his fame, he lives a quiet life in the English countryside with Amelia and their two little girls.