TV ratings: The Hour clocks up 2.9 million viewers for the BBC

A good showing for the newsroom drama, but nothing can beat Richard Hammond

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Tim Glanfield
Tim Glanfield
TV ratings: The Hour clocks up 2.9 million viewers for the BBC

The BBC's new 1950s newsroom drama, The Hour, attracted an average audience of 2.9 million viewers (a 12.7 per cent share) in its first hour between 9pm and 10pm on BBC2 and BBC HD last night.

225,000 people (0.99 per cent share) tuned in to watch the show, which stars Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw, on BBC HD.

From the pen of Bafta Award-winning writer Abi Morgan, the glossy Kudos drama comfortably beat off competition from Channel 4 (Undercover Boss - 2m/7.6 per cent) and Channel 5 (CSI: All Time Top 10 - 0.8m/3.5 per cent), and marginally pipped viewers on ITV1 (Homes From Hell - 2.8m/12.4 per cent), although a further 200,000 watched ITV1 HD in the 9-10pm time slot. 

However, rather predictably, nothing could beat the lure of a Top Gear presenter making a non-car related programme over on BBC1 and BBC1 HD.  Richard Hammond's Journey to the Centre of the Planet romped home with a slot-winning average of 4.9 million viewers, 21.6 per cent of all viewers watching at the time.