Dramas lose ratings

It was a bad night for drama’s last night as Holby City, Paradox and The Queen all lost ground in the battle for the ratings.

Overnight rating figures show last night was not a good one for drama as BBC One drama’s Paradox and Holby City both lost audiences as did the third instalment of Channel Four’s documentary-drama, The Queen. Holby City at 8pm pulled in 4.4 million viewers as it unusually clashed with Coronation Street. The Granada soap does not usually air on Tuesday evenings but only aired once last night instead of the typical double episode for a Monday evening. ITV has been moving Coronation Street around the schedules a lot recently with it airing earlier last Thursday evening resulting in a very rare clash with EastEnders. Holby City usually pulls in over 5 million viewers per episode.

Following the medical drama at 9pm was the second instalment of new Tazmin Outhwaite drama series, Paradox. The crime-drama-with-a-twist got off to a shaky start last week with just 4.1 million viewers tuning in but this week it saw a dramatic drop of over 1 million viewers. Only 2.9 million viewers returned for the show’s second episode. Meanwhile at the same time on Channel Four the third episode of the channels new documentary-drama, The Queen, also lost viewers. The third episode saw actress Susan Jameson take over the role playing the Queen during the 1980s as she clashed with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The series dropped to 1.7 million viewers after opening with 2.4 million on Sunday evening but dropping to 2.0 million last night. 

The Queen continues on Channel Four tonight at 9pm.