It appears the BBC’s gamble of pitting their brand new series The Musketeers, head to head with ITV’s Mr Selfridge on Sunday night, truly paid off. With the new boys coming out on top.
Helped in large part by Sunday nights big winner Call the Midwife, which pulled in an average audience of 9.6 million, d’Artagnan and co managed to hold on to an impressive 7.4 million viewers of its own.
This is in contrast to the series 2 premiere of Mr Selfridge which could only average 5.3 million, that’s around 2 million less than the first episode of season 1. So based on these viewing figures, Sunday night resulted in a decisive TV ratings victory for BBC One.
Plus with episode 1 of The Musketeers unlikely to have disappointed many of those who tuned in, Harry and ITV could be in for a tough 2014.
References: Hollywood Reporter