'The Fall' draws huge ratings for BBC Two

Anderson'The Fall', a new drama series starring 'X-Files' icon Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, debuted Monday night on BBC Two and has become an immediate smash hit.

The series launched to the biggest drama series debut numbers on BBC Two in eight years. The show drew a 15.4 percent share, peaking with 3.6 million viewers. The last show to do numbers this big for BBC Two was 'Rome' in 2005. 

BBC Two has averaged 1.79 million viewers (a 7.4 percent share) in that time slot over the last year.

The series is a psychological thriller that looks at the lives of two hunters - one a serial killer, the other a detective superintendent brought in to catch the killer. The series is produced by Artists Studios and written by Allan Cubitt ('The Runaway', 'Prime Suspect'). 

The remaining five episodes of the series will look at the entangled story of the lives affected by the killer, on both sides of the fence.

“I am thrilled with the audience’s response to episode one of 'The Fall' and delighted for Allan Cubitt who created the show. It is a testament to the talent and dedication of the cast and crew in Belfast where 'Line Of Duty', series two is currently shooting," said BBC Head of Drama Northern Ireland Stephen Wright.

- Gillian Anderson
- The Fall

Written by: Hamatosan
May 16th, 2013, 11:14 am

Images courtesy of BBC TWO


Message Posted On May 17th, 2013, 11:55 am
regardless of what they were attempting to do with the series, having one sixth of it be that dull will most likely translate into less of the target demographic next week. As someone who lives across the pond, I'm not acutely aware enough of the competition to be able to make a fully informed hypothesis of the results for the next episode, but I would expect that Two will be relatively let down.

Message Posted On May 16th, 2013, 10:35 pm
Storytelling in any media is in large parts applied psychology 101. Setting a seemingly slow pace is often used as a tool that enables you to have finer control over what is best described as micro pacing. It simply enables you to pace various moments at a much finer detail level (this sounds probably more techy than it should). If a writer sets an obviously slow pace you can expect a finer pacing dynamic, probably based around characters or environments, later on. So, don't be quick to dismiss it as "beeing slow". It may surprise you later.

Message Posted On May 16th, 2013, 4:51 pm
I tuned in to see Gillian Anderson again but found it too slow... hopefully they were just trying to show us their "normal" lives and it will start to pick up now that they've done that. I'll give it another watch next week but will end up giving up on it if it stays like that.

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Message Posted On May 16th, 2013, 2:56 pm

Didnt think much of it,very slow doesnt mean its great in my eyes,i'll give it another go next week in the hope the pace picks up a little bit and makes me care,more importantly, about the characters.


Message Posted On May 16th, 2013, 12:02 pm
No surprise, it was excellent
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