While we’re not sure that we will be providing ratings updates for “War and Peace” on the BBC for the entirety of its six-episode run, we are always curious to see how a show carries over some viewers from the first episode to the next. Therefore, there was some exciting territory to cover in this particular article!
Ultimately, we imagine the word to describe the episode 2 ratings at the moment is “bittersweet.” A total of 5.3 million viewers watched the second episode, which is down a million from the premiere. While this is still a decent rating for a typical British drama series, the issue here is that this was a very expensive production thanks both to location and the sheer number of performers who had to be cast in order for the Tolstoy adaptation to work.
If there is some sort of silver lining that we could offer many fans of the series right now, it’s that they at least don’t have to worry too much about the show’s fate while it is on the air. After all, we know already that it is not going to be around for a second season, so there’s no real concern and the network will surely air out all of the episodes. The only reason that the ratings are enormous relevant in the long-term is that they could impact in some way how the BBC chooses to go about picking and choosing adaptations in the future.
We’ll take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to covering ratings for future installments of the series.
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