The Deep launches with over 5 million viewers

BBC One’s new five-part thriller series The Deep, which stars James Nesbitt, Minnie Driver and Goran Visnjic, got off to a strong start on Tuesday evening with over 5 million viewers. Elsewhere the newly revamped Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on ITV1 pulls in nearly 4 million viewers.



BBCThe opening episode of BBC One’s new five-part thriller The Deep attracted over 5 million viewers according to overnight ratings. The new drama starring James Nesbitt, Minnie Driver and Goran Visnjic was seen by 5.3 million viewers making it the most watched programme of the 9pm slot. A breakdown of the figures reveal that 5 million watched on BBC One with a further 300,000 on the BBC HD Channel. Up against The Deep at 9pm on ITV1 as The Bill which had 2.6 million viewers while on Channel Four Who Know’s Best: Can’t Sleep Kids had 1.8 million viewers. BBC Two at the same time had That Mitchell and Webb Look had 1.3 million and Shooting Stars had 1.2 million viewers. Sitcom series Miranda had 1.1 million at 10pm.


At 8pm the newly revamped Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? launched with nearly 4 million viewers. The quiz-show, fronted by Chris Tarrant, has been given a revamp with a timer clock added to the earlier rounds meaning contestants must produce an answer within a set time. A new life line allowing contestants to switch questions has also been added. In all 3.9 million viewers tuned in to ITV1 for the new look series but it couldn’t match medical drama Holby City on BBC One at the same time which had 5.2 million viewers. The Ugly Face of Beauty on Channel Four had 1.3 million viewers while a repeat of Top Gear had 2.1 million for BBC Two at 8pm.


Elsewhere on Tuesday evening on Five documentary Bermuda Triangle: The Mystery Revealed had 2.2 million viewers while American crime drama CSI: Miami had 2.3 million – not far behind the figure for The Bill at the same time.