Victoria and Poldark both attract 5 million viewers

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Victoria stars Jenna Coleman as a long-reigning monarch, while Aidan Turner plays Ross Poldark in a BBC drama

BBC One’s Poldark and ITV’s Victoria both captivated about 5 million viewers in a tighten ratings conflict on Sunday evening.

An normal of 5.1 million viewers watched a initial part of a second array of Poldark, a play set in 18th Century Cornwall.

Victoria’s third part was seen by an normal of 4.8 million.

However, that figure rose to 5.2 million when viewers examination on ITV+1 were included.

The array stars Jenna Coleman – best famous for her purpose as Clara Oswald in Doctor Who – as Queen Victoria.

The X Factor was a many watched programme on Sunday evening, with an normal of 7.6 million viewers tuning in to a third part of ITV’s singing competition.


Critics were broadly certain about a lapse of Poldark, that stars Aidan Turner.

The Guardian‘s Sam Wollaston wrote: “Weekends, with a nights commencement to tighten in, are improved places with Poldark back.”

Ian Hyland in The Daily Mirror said: “The breathless opener certainly calmed any fears that this array of Poldark competence not be as good as a first.

He added: “It was good to see all a aged favourites back… to be honest, they had me during ‘Previously on Poldark.'”

Jan Moir in The Daily Mail pronounced a uncover was “on enormous form”.

She quite praised a part for a scenes in that Turner was seen shirtless, adding: “On this show, a Great British Take Off is a certain pointer that autumn is here and all is good in a world.”

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Aidan Turner appears with Eleanor Tomlinson and Jack Farthing in Poldark

But Carol Midgley in The Times gave a uncover 3 stars, and questioned either Turner’s impression had been done unrealistically virtuous.

“One did start to wonder, are they during risk of overdoing a goodness of Saint Ross? He’s so ideal he’s coming caricature,” she said.

“What with station adult for a poor, rescuing and marrying menial girls and fortifying people’s honour… a subsequent step certainly is walking on water.”

Writing in The Telegraph about a dual programmes, Allison Pearson said: “Despite a clever cast, a best book and exquisite chronological pedigree, Victoria feels reduction loyal than a made-up story on BBC One.

“Of course, that might good change as a immature Queen grows up. For a moment, a intelligent income in a good Sunday-night telly conflict has to be on a overwhelming Poldark.”

The initial array of BBC One’s Poldark was promote in Mar 2015 and fast became renouned with viewers.

In July, a BBC reliable a third array has already been commissioned.

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