BBC Drama 'Poldark' Draws Nearly 7 Million Viewers in Debut

Call the Midwife - H 2013

Call the Midwife - H 2013

The show with Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson followed the season finale of hit 'Call the Midwife.'

New BBC costume drama Poldark debuted with 6.95 million viewers on average on Sunday night.

The show, starring Aidan Turner (Being Human, The Hobbit) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Jack the Giant Slayer), won the 9 p.m. time slot in Britain with its strong ratings, which amounted to a 29 percent share of people watching TV at the time.

The drama, a remake of a 1970s show, is about a soldier, presumed dead, who returns from war to find his estate in disarray.

Meanwhile, BBC hit drama Call the Midwife wrapped up its fourth season on Sunday night with an average audience of 8.7 million, making it Sunday's most watched show in Britain. It aired just before Poldark, providing a strong lead-in.

On ITV, department store mogul drama Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven, averaged 3.7 million viewers.

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