SUNDAY: Channel 4’s big budget epic Indian Summers transported almost 3m viewers to become the channel’s best performing drama in nearly five years.
The 10-part period drama, starring Julie Walters, performed in line with This Is England ’86 which entertained 2.98m (16.8%) in September 2010.
It eased past The Mill which opened with an overnight audience of 2.1m (10%) in 2013.
The New Pictures-produced series more than doubled the channel’s 1.4m (6.4%) slot average for the past 12 months across its 90-minute opener.
The show peaked with 3.4m (13.9%) in the five minutes from 9.05pm and proved particularly popular among viewers aged over 65 years old, who accounted for 42% of its audience.