New Tricks maintains Monday night ratings dominance

The detective drama continues to score big numbers for BBC1 in its ninth series

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New Tricks enjoyed bumper ratings again yesterday evening, attracting an average audience of nearly seven and a half million people to BBC1 during peak-time.

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No doubt bolstered by an appearance from Star Wars actor Denis Lawson, the detective drama was seen by 7.4m people and earned a 30% audience share last night between 9-10:00pm.

The audience for yesterday’s episode, The Girl Who Lived, was up 335,000 viewers on last week’s show which drew just over 7m on Monday 10 September, and almost half a million viewers up on Monday 3 September’s edition of the show.

And New Tricks made mincemeat out of its terrestrial competition in yesterday’s schedules, with ITV’s Leaving, which played in the same timeslot, attracting only 3.2m viewers (13%), and Channel 4’s 999 What’s Your Emergency drawing just over 2m (8.4%).

Neither BBC2 nor Channel 5’s offerings to rival New Tricks between 9-10:00pm managed to break the million mark, with BBC2’s Masters of Money clocking up 949,000 viewers (3.8%) and New Cowboy Builders on C5 enticing only 764,000 (3.1%).

Indeed, only yesterday’s soaps garnered larger audiences than New Tricks, with EastEnders drawing 7.5m viewers on BBC1 from 8-8:30pm and both episodes of ITV1’s Corrie double bill courting 7.7m-strong audiences.

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So while not quite matching some of the sky-high figures of its past, New Tricks’ ninth series looks like it’s still on course to become one of BBC1’s most prominent post-Olympic ratings champions of 2012.