The big finale of Dancing on Ice last night attracted nearly 9 million viewers to ITV while the BBC One’s period drama Lark Rise to Candleford drew to the end of its third season and the penultimate episode of Wonders of the Solar System also performed well for BBC Two.
The big finale of Dancing on Ice proved to be a hit with viewers last night for ITV1. The finale saw Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richards, former The Bill actor Gary Lucy and former Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon battle it out for the judges favour in what some have dubbed “battle of the soap stars – on ice”. The competition was whittled down to just Gary Lucy and Hayley Tamaddon with the former Emmerdale actress winning the series. Nearly 9 million viewers tuned in according to overnight figures – 8.8 million.
On BBC One period drama Lark Rise to Candleford finished its third season with 5.8 million viewers. The third series opened in January with 6.8 million viewers and held steady over the following weeks with 6.3 million viewers. The BBC has yet to announce a fourth season of the popular drama but it is known the corporation is moving away from period drama’s and Ben Stephenson, the head of drama at the BBC, stated earlier this year he would drop some established dramas in favour of newer shows.
On BBC Two last night travel show Tropic of Cancer had 2.5 million viewers at 8pm while Wonders of the Solar System continued to prove a hit for the channel at 9pm. The penultimate episode of the space documentary, presented by Brian Cox, concentrated on volcanic activity on Earth, Mars, Venus and Io – one of Jupiter’s Moons. It also covered the danger the Earth faces from asteroids thrown across the solar system because of Jupiter. The episode was seen by 3 million viewers.