‘His Dark Materials’ Loses 1.5M Viewers On Its Second Outing For The BBC

His Dark Materials
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His Dark Materials got off to a sparkling start for both the BBC and HBO last week, but lost a little of its shine on its second outing on British television on Sunday night.

The Bad Wolf drama — penned by Jack Thorne and starring Ruth Wilson as the callous Mrs Coulter — was watched by 5.7M viewers at 8PM on BBC One, according to BARB figures provided by overnights.tv.

This was 1.5M viewers down on the 7.2M who tuned into the series premiere last week, making it the biggest new drama launch on British TV in more than five years.

It is not uncommon for TV dramas to lose viewers for their second episode, and a fairer reflection of the audience will come once catch-up and online viewing through iPlayer is factored in for the Philip Pullman adaptation.

Despite the drop off in audience, His Dark Materials comfortably beat competition on other channels on Sunday night and peaked with 6.2M viewers.

The episode will air on HBO tonight, and features the young protagonist Lyra Belacqua being taken in by Mrs Coulter as she remains desperate to find her friend Roger Parslow. The first installment was seen by 700,000 viewers in the U.S. last week, making it one of the best debuts HBO has seen on a Monday.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2019/11/his-dark-materials-ratings-bbc-1202782680/