Monroe launches with nearly 6 million viewers

MonroeITV’s new medical drama Monroe, starring James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish, launched last night with nearly 6 million viewers.

James NesbittITV’s new medical drama Monroe, starring James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish, launched last night with nearly 6 million viewers. The drama is one of the broadcasters highly touted replacements for The Bill which ITV axed last year because of poor ratings. At the time the broadcaster said money saved from the police drama would be reinvested into new shows with Monroe being highlighted as just one of the new drama commissions by ITV.

The series revolves around Nesbitt’s character; a neurosurgeon struggling to keep his personal life in order. According to overnight ratings the opening episode of Monroe was seen by 5.7 million viewers. Whether or not Monroe will prove as popular with viewers as ghostly drama Marchlands, which occupied the 9pm slot for the past five weeks, remains to be seen.

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