David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet enchants 6.8 million viewers

Beautifully shot BBC natural history documentary easily wins primetime ratings battle

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David Attenborough’s latest natural history programme, Frozen Planet, attracted nearly seven million viewers to BBC1 and BBC1 HD last night. 

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The spectacular documentary, which charts life at the poles, was watched by 6.82 million viewers, a 27.4 per cent share of all those watching television between 9pm and 10pm. 

Gaining momentum throughout the hour, the programme’s audience grew from just over six million viewers at 9pm to almost 7.3 million by 10pm.  At the same time, “Frozen Planet” trended worldwide on Twitter, attracting almost universal praise from viewers and critics for its breathtaking photography.  

Frozen Planet easily won the terrestrial primetime battle in the overnights, seeing off competition from Midsomer Murders on ITV1, which could only manage 5.73 million viewers – a 23.7 per cent share – between 8pm and 10pm. 

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Elsewhere at 9pm, Channel 4’s Grand Designs attracted 2.2 million (a 9 per cent share) and 1.4 million (a 7.9 per cent share) tuned in to catch up with the latest shenanigans in the Big Brother house.