Rupert Penry-JonesThe return of ITV’s gritty and dark crime drama Whitechapel, starring Phil Davis and Rupert Penry-Jones, last night had over 5 million viewers but was down considerably on last year’s launch.

 

Rupert Penry-JonesWhitechapel returned to ITV1 last night for a second three-part story. The gritty and dark crime drama starring Phil Davis and Rupert Penry-Jones was ITV’s highest rated new drama of 2009 and focused on a copycat Jack the Ripper killer. This year’s three-part story focuses instead on gangland crime and two Kray style gangsters. Whitechapel launched last year with 8.1 million viewers – and a final audience of 9.2 million viewers. However, yesterday’s return was significantly down with 5.4 million viewers – down by nearly 3 million viewers. However, when final figures are released in a few weeks time Whitechapel’s ratings are likely to rise.

 

A full ratings round-up will follow.

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