'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.