More than 9m viewers watched the first episode of Call the Midwife’s second series on BBC1 last night, according to overnight figures – with the audience reaching 10.1m at its peak.
An average of 9.3m nostalgia-hungry punters tuned in for the return of Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart et al as 1950s midwives – a 32% share of the audience for Call the Midwife’s 8-9pm slot, and a record for the show.
Elsewhere on Sunday night, ITV edged the battle of the 9pm dramas, with Mr Selfridge attracting 5.9m viewers (22% share) to Ripper Street’s 5.6m (21%), although the ITV figure includes +1 viewing. At the same time on C5, 2.2m viewers (8%) saw Celebrity Big Brother.
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