BBC's 'Ripper Street' Season Two Debut Draws 5 Million Viewers
LONDON – The season two premiere of Ripper Street on BBC flagship network BBC One drew a smaller audience than the start of the first season, but its ratings were in line with the season one average.
The return of the Jack the Ripper drama Monday night attracted an average audience of 5 million people, down around 1 million from the show's first-ever episode, according to data reported by Broadcast magazine.
However, the first episode of Ripper Street, set in London’s East End, aired on Dec. 30 during the year-end season when many people are taking time off.
The season two premiere was also on par with the 5 million average audience across the eight-episode first season of the 19th century crime drama starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. Broadcast also reported that the figure was well above BBC One’s average audience of 3.8 million for the 9 p.m. Monday time slot for the past year.
In the U.S., the show airs on BBC America. The show's first season started six months after the last Jack the Ripper killing. A police division that failed to find the killer finds more women murdered on the streets of London's Whitechapel, leading the team to wonder if the killer has returned.