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More than nine million tune in for 'Coronation Street' balcony death

*Spoiler Alert* if you didn't see last night's episode...

Robert Dex

Published 29/05/2014 | 08:13

Undated handout photo issued by ITV of Coronation Street barmaid  Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle Keegan, as she plunges to the cobbles from the balcony of the buildersÕ yard after a dramatic confrontation with her killer in a scene from the ITV1 soap. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 20, 2014. The episode is due to be screened later this month ending months of speculation about the identity of TinaÕs murderer. See PA story SHOWBIZ Street. Photo credit should read: ITV/PA Wire

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Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle Keegan, just before she plunges to the cobbles from the balcony of the builders' yard
Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle Keegan, as she plunges to the cobbles from the balcony of the builders' yard
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright attends the British Soap Awards at Hackney Empire

More than nine million viewers tuned into last night's Coronation Street to see Marc Baylis's character Rob Donovan revealed as Tina McIntyre's killer.

The long-running ITV soap attracted a peak audience of 9.1 million with an average of 8.7 million - one million more than its highest rating episode last week.

Baylis said he was relieved when his character was finally identified as the killer after viewers saw the barmaid fall from the balcony of the builder's yard flat during last night's episode which ended with her lying motionless on the street's famous cobbles.

Although the character has not yet been certified dead, her imminent demise was prompted by actress Michelle Keegan's decision to quit the show. Viewers have known for some time that scriptwriters planned to kill her off and were lining up possible suspects.

The wait was finally over when Tina was given a fatal shove by Rob after she threatened to report his dodgy dealings to police and reveal to his sister, Carla Barlow, that she had been having an affair with Carla's husband, Peter.

Baylis said: "It's been this massive secret so it's nice to be able to talk about it for once."

He said the dramatic storyline was "an amazing experience", adding: "It's a huge challenge and one I'm really enjoying so long may it continue as long as I don't burn myself out.

"It's a long storyline."

ITV has promised a "shocking twist" tonight, just as the police begin their efforts to track down who is responsible for Tina's death.

In the coming months, the audience will see Rob desperately trying to cover his tracks and evade justice.

Baylis told reporters that Keegan - who won the Sexiest Female title for the sixth year running at the British Soap Awards on Saturday - was "a fantastic actress" and he wished her "all the luck in the world".

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