The final episode of the second season of ITV’s crime/legal drama Law and Order UK ended on a high while on E4 musical comedy series Glee climbed to 1.2 million viewers. Soapwise and Coronation Street narrowly had the advantage over rivals EastEnders as the BBC soap enters its anniversary week.
The second season of Law and Order UK ended on a high last night for ITV1. The series is a remake of the American crime/legal series of the same name and although the episodes in the “second season” were actually produced as part of a 13 part first series ITV decided to spilt the season in half airing them as “season one” and season two” . According to overnight figures the drama concluded with 5.6 million viewers and 22% audience share. ITV has already ordered additional episodes of the remake. Law and Order UK was comfortably ahead of BBC One’s offering; Cars, Cops and Criminals which had 4.2 million viewers. The final part of Paul Merton’s trip around Europe for Five also ended strongly last night. The final, which saw Merton in Spain, was seen by 1.9 million viewers – up on the 1.6 million who watched the opening instalment in January which was based in Germany. Five managed to beat Channel Four’s Tower Block of Commons which had 1.2 million viewers at the same time.
Soapwise and Coronation Street’s two episodes of the evening had 10.6 million and 10.5 million respectively. The ratings were narrowly ahead of the BBC One showing of EastEnders which had 10.4 million for the first episode of the 25th anniversary week for the soap. The BBC unveiled a specially commissioned ident for BBC One to tie in with the anniversary just before the start of EastEnders last night. You can view the special ident by clicking here >>
Elsewhere the latest instalment of the musical comedy series Glee, which is getting rave reviews back in its native America, pulled in 1.3 million viewers for E4 last night – its highest rating so far. The Cleveland Show, a spin-off from Family Guy, was seen by just under 500,000 viewers on E4 following Glee.