The Poldark season 3 finale ratings are in, and by and large, fans of the Aidan Turner series can celebrate a solid performance on BBC One.
As a whole, Telly Mix reports that around 4.9 million viewers caught the broadcast live — an epic hour that featured Morwenna and her sister Rowenna making their moves against Rev. Whitworth. Meanwhile, Demelza spent some time with Hugh Armitage (to put it mildly) and Ross decided finally to run for public office and change the fate of Cornwall once and for all.
This was an important episode, but one that may have seen some slight ratings nicks thanks mostly to it having to deal with a brief delay thanks to a BBC athletics broadcast. Eventually, that coverage was carried over to BBC Two, but not before there were some people on social media complaining about it profusely. The viewership is still very much in line with the majority of the other episodes in season 3, and that bodes rather nicely for the show as it starts to move forward now into the upcoming fourth season. Filming will take place for much of the remainder of the year, and should premiere at some point in 2018. (If you missed it, we did discuss further the show’s premiere-date hopes over at the link here.)
The biggest thing that matters when it comes to the show’s ratings right now is securing a season 5 renewal for the series; Aidan Turner said recently that he anticipates season 5 to be the final one, and we do think that it bodes well for BBC One to finish what they started here and give everyone a chance to see Ross and company off into the sunset. If they make the final season around ten or eleven episodes, that may be enough to tie together all of the loose ends, especially since some of the supporting characters become more prominent in the later books.
As for some other ratings news…
If you are curious, the big winner of the night was the aforementioned athletics coverage, which generated around 5 million viewers but peaked with slightly more than 7.3 million eyeballs watching. Even during non-Olympic season, there is still something magnificent about getting to see some of these athletes compete.
Meanwhile, Celebrity Big Brother drew around 1.1 million viewers for its latest episode — a further sign that even with new Z-list stars, the show doesn’t really get great ratings proportional to the massive amount of coverage that it routinely receives. Even those the seasons for this show are fairly short, it’s still probably on far too much in the year. Thanks to this and the flagship series, viewers don’t really have a chance to miss either one.
Want even more news on Poldark?
Well, rest assured that we’ve got some of them for you over at the link here! This includes both our latest episode review and also some more discussion as to what is coming up next on the series. (Photo: BBC.)