The Drowning pulls record Channel 5, My5 audience

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Channel 5 has announced that the forst episode of The Drowning consolidated at 5.1 million viewers with a 21.9 per cent share, overtaking All Creatures Great and Small to become the channel’s highest ever commissioned drama to date.

The series consolidated with an average audience of 4.6 million and an 18.4 per cent share, and is illustrative of the success of Channel 5’s continued commitment to original scripted content, following 2020 hits including The Deceived and All Creatures Great and Small.

The Drowning also saw My5’s strongest ever launch for any series, driving more streams over its first 10 days than any previous series. The launch of the series drove My5 to deliver its strongest ever week to date.

Seb Cardwell, Channel 5 Deputy Director of Programmes, ViacomCBS Networks UK said: “Collaborating with Unstoppable Film and Television has been fantastic and the ratings are testament to the hard work of their team.”

Executive Producers, Noel Clarke and Jason Maza from Unstoppable Film & Television said: “We have been blown away by the audience reaction to the show, it really felt like it became event television. The incredible ratings are a result of everyone’s hard work through to all of our cast and crew and of course Seb Cardwell, Ben Frow and everyone at Channel 5.”

The series follows grieving mother Jodie, played by Jill Halfpenny who catches sight of Daniel a teenage boy, and becomes convinced she has found her missing son.


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