Red Rock delivers a killer blow in the ratings with 165,000 viewers
***WARNING: Spoilers for Red Rock, aired Monday 12th Sept.***
Red Rock returned with a bang this week, pulling in around 165,000 viewers for its big-reveal show on who killed Brian McGonigle.
Social media went into overdrive as Irish viewers watched as teenager Rachel was shown to be the one who killed her lover in an unexpected twist.
The first episode of the latest season opened in its new slot on Monday night, having been changed to an hour-long programme in the TV3 schedule.
This is ahead of speculation that TV3 could reinstate UK soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale to its schedule now that TV3's owners have bought UTV Ireland.
A spokeswoman for the show said she was delighted with the reaction to the show.
"Red Rock was received extremely well in its new time slot and was trending on Twitter throughout the night," she said.
"We're delighted with how our viewers continue to embrace the drama."
Producers also decided to change its theme tune as part of its revamped format.
"It was modified to be a bit edgier in keeping with the move to a later slot," she said.
Monday's night's flashback special saw Brian (Sean Mahon) refusing to bring Rachel (Ann Skelly) on the run with him.
He confesses that he had left her to die in the caravan and demented with rage, she clocks him in the head with a lead pipe.
Her dad arrives shortly afterwards and persuades her to hide Brian's body and helps her cover up the murder.
The show has continued to grow its audience since debuting back in January 2014, having been sold on to Amazon Prime and BBC earlier this year.
It first aired in the UK last July, pulling in 1.1m viewers and favourable reviews, prompting the station to buy the rights to season two.
Filmed mainly at the John Player buildings in the south inner city, producers were initially commissioned to make a run of 160 episodes, but this is likely to be extended.