BBC One’s adaptation of the killer plants novel Day of the Triffids loses ratings for its second and final part but still manages to beat ITV’s struggling cop-drama The Bill as it once again airs in a little publicised Tuesday evening slot.

Once again The Bill aired in a little publicised Tuesday evening slot on ITVITV1 as its moved out of the way for the New Year. However, because it was little publicised the cop drama again struggled to keep its loyal core of viewers. Just 3.2 million saw the latest antics of the Sun Hill coppers and this was not enough to beat the second and final part of Day of the Triffids. The first part of the BBC’s latest adaptation of the novel pulled in 6.1 million viewers on Monday evening. The second and final part lost some of its appeal as 5.6 million returned to see the conclusion to the science fiction thriller.

On BBC Two last night was a celebration of actress June Whitfield with a repeat of the classic 1980s sitcom Terry and June pulling in 2.1 million viewers, a repeat of Absolutely Fabulous had 2.2 million and the repeat of Whitfield’s This Is Your Life had 2.3 million viewers. Meanwhile a new documentary examining her long and varied career was seen by 2.4 million viewers. Medical drama Holby City had 5.9 million on BBC One at 8pm. Soapwise and before Holby was EastEnders which had 9.5 million viewers – another strong performance for the BBC soap following the murder of villain Archie Mitchell. Emmerdale meanwhile rated below average with 6.1 million viewers.

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