Sunday night was a big one for new and returning British dramas in the UK. The Season 2 premiere of Jeremy Piven-starrer Mr Selfridge on ITV had an average 5.27M viewers for a 20.5% share, according to the overnights. That’s about 2M less than last year’s Season 1 bow of the department store period series. Season 2 kicks off in the States on PBS on March 30, the same day that Season 3 of Call The Midwife starts. That hit period medical drama returned to BBC One on Sunday night with a record 9.61M viewers and a 36.1% share. It was the most-watched program of the weekend in the UK and also the highest-rated episode ever of the show’s career. Midwife provided a strong lead-in for new BBC One series The Musketeers in its debut, which was up against Mr Selfridge. The updated spin on the classic tales of Alexandre Dumas stars new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, as the shadowy Cardinal Richelieu along with Luke Pasqualiano, Santiago Cabrera, Tom Burke, Howard Charles and Hugo Speer (watch a trailer below). The 10-part drama received strong notices from British critics and logged 7.41M viewers for a 28.9% share. The BBC America co-production from My Week With Marilyn scribe Adrian Hodges is due to air in the U.S. later this year. Here’s a trailer:
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