EastEnders has netted its highest overnight TV ratings of 2014, with 8.39 million – a 37.8% audience share – watching Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) break the news to his family that daughter Lucy had been found dead. A further 608,000 saw the repeat on BBC3 at 10:30pm.
EastEnders was the most watched programme of the night beating both the Chelsea v Atletico Madrid Champions League match on ITV (4.03m) and the second episode of BBC1 period drama Jamaica Inn (4.52m).
The viewing figures for the BBC1 soap are the highest since November 2013, when 8.41m tuned in for Alfie’s aborted wedding to Roxy.
The death of Lucy Beale has been heavily promoted in the media, with TV and radio ads running over Easter across BBC networks.
Talking about the plotline, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said recently: “It’s going to run into the 30th anniversary during February next year. But there are some very big curveballs to be thrown at the audience between now and then. And in the run-up to Christmas this year, there is a big twist that will make everybody gasp.”
You can see the “There’s a Killer Amongst Them” trailer below.