'Homeland' first season bows out in style with nearly 3m for C4
Published May 7 2012, 13:52 BST | By Paul Millar Damian Lewis
's hit US drama Homeland
pulled in nearly 3 million viewers for its season finale on Channel 4 last night (Sunday).
Sgt Walker's fate in 'Marine One'
was discovered by 2.4m (9.9%) in the 9pm hour, and 458k an hour later on Channel 4 +1 - surpassing its previous high of 2.6m in mid-April
Even more impressively, Homeland
has never once dipped below the 2m mark since premiering in February
, bucking the trend for recent US dramas on the broadcaster.
The show's high comes despite its clash with the opening semi-final of Britain's Got Talent
, which grabbed 9.05m (35.5%) between 8pm and 10pm, adding 475k on ITV1 +1.
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UK took a dive at 7.15pm, with its latest results show
attracting 6.53m (30.3%). Countryfile
interested 4.98m (25.6%) before The Voice
BBC One's highly-promoted nature show Planet Earth Live
, hosted by Richard Hammond, launched with a commendable 5.43m (22.1%) from 7.50pm, then Silent Witness
's ratings crashed to 2.85m (10.9%).All Star Family Fortunes
(3.32m/17.3%) and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
(3.4m/13.7%) were screened before Got Talent
in ITV1's early evening schedule. Each added 158k and 116k respectively on +1.
Elsewhere, BBC Two's coverage of the World Championship Snooker
final pocketed 2.13m (9.1%) between 7pm and 11pm, 1.5m (6.5%) watched Men in Black
on Channel 4 (+1: 371k), and Once Upon a Time
retained a respectable 1.21m (6.5%) on Channel 5 at the early time of 6pm.
Overall, ITV1 thrashed BBC One in primetime with 26.1% (+1: 1.3%) against 19.3%. BBC Two claimed third place with 8.6%, ahead of Channel 4's 7.6% (+1: 1.4%), and Channel 5's 2.7%.BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional