Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dip in ratings for Rowling drama

Fewer viewers tuned in to the second instalment of The Casual Vacancy
Fewer viewers tuned in to the second instalment of The Casual Vacancy

The second instalment in the BBC adaptation of JK Rowling novel The Casual Vacancy shed two million viewers last night.

The BBC One drama, featuring residents at war with each other in the seemingly idyllic, fictional English village of Pagford, stars Michael Gambon, Rory Kinnear and Keeley Hawes.

Sunday night's second episode peaked at 5.3 million, two million below the 7.3 million who watched the debut of the small-screen version of Rowling's first novel for adults.

The new drama was seen by an average of 4.8 million viewers, compared to 6.6 million the previous week.

The Casual Vacancy and Channel 4's "epic" period drama Indian Summers, featuring Julie Walters in the lead, were pitted against each other at 9pm.

Last week The Casual Vacancy triumphed in the ratings.

And last night it was still the most watched programme in the 9pm slot, with a 20.5% (down from 27.5%) share of viewers.

Indian Summers, set in the foothills of the Himalayas during the decline of the British Raj and the birth of modern India, averaged 2.2 million viewers (9.5%) last night, also losing some of its audience.

It attracted an average of 2.9 million (13.4%) including viewers catching up on the plus one channel, on its debut.

Press Association

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