The return of Idris Elba to his iconic role of the titular detective in the fifth season of BBC One’s crime drama “Luther” was easily the most-watched program on New Year’s Day in the UK with the show averaging 5.6 million viewers in the overnights, peaking at 5.9 million.
In fact, the show scored a 25.7% audience share on Tuesday night, the highest the series has earned across the debuts of its five seasons, and the number of viewers ties with series-best figures for the show’s first two seasons.
The four-episode run of the series is taking place all week this week in the UK with the final episode to air on Friday. “Luther” will air on BBC America in the U.S., but a date has not yet been announced.
It fared far better than the “Doctor Who” New Year’s Day special ‘Resolution’ which landed 5.15 million overnight viewers – the lowest level for the annual “Doctor Who” event since 2005 and star Jodie Whittaker’s second-worst episode this season.
Source: TV Line