C4The return of Shameless, for a seventh season, proved to be a winner for Channel Four last-night while BBC’s post-apocalyptic drama Survivors dropped to under 4 million viewers for the second episode of its new season.

The return of Shameless was a hit for Channel Four last night overnight C4figures reveal. The seventh season of the Manchester-based drama kicked off with a respectable 3.4 million viewers at 10pm. At 11pm on E4 the following episode attracted just over 700,000 viewers. Shameless is Channel Four’s longest running home-grown drama and an American remake is already underway with a pilot episode ordered. While Shameless enjoyed strong ratings the second episode in the new season of Survivors dropped below four million viewers. BBC One’s  post-apocalyptic drama fell to 3.6 million viewers despite a strong lead-in from Holby City at 8pm which had 6 million viewers.

Soap wise and EastEnders had nearly 10 million viewers as 9.9 million tuned in to see Janine try to get Ian Beale off the murder charge for Archie’s death. The BBC Three repeat at 10pm had nearly 1 million viewers giving a combined audience of 11 million viewers. Emmerdale had 7.6 million viewers at 7pm.


Another episode of Holby City will air tonight on BBC One at 8pm due to the medical-drama being replaced last week with Football

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