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Bodyguard ratings climb to new overnight high

Sunday’s instalment featuring the shock killing-off of a main character.

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The BBC One thriller, starring Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden, peaked with 7.2 million viewers (Isabel Infantes/PA)

TV drama Bodyguard shows no signs of losing its appeal – with the latest episode notching up a new record for the series so far.

Sunday’s instalment, featuring the shock killing-off of the home secretary (Keeley Hawes), attracted the highest overnight rating of the drama so far.

The BBC One thriller, co-starring Richard Madden, peaked with 7.2 million viewers and was the most watched TV show of the night, overnight figures show.

It had an average audience of seven million – up from 6.6 million last week – and a share of 34%.

Bodyguard has been hailed as the biggest new drama on British television in more than a decade, achieving consolidated viewing figures (which includes recordings) of 10.4 million for its first episode.

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Vanity Fair’s Olivia Cooke (Ian West/PA)

Meanwhile, Sunday night’s Vanity Fair on ITV was watched by 2.7 million viewers (13% share) and peaked with 3.2 million viewers.

The previous, first episode of the adaptation, starring Olivia Cooke, drew an average of 2.9 million viewers and a peak of 3.9 million, including those watching on ITV +1 and ITV HD, according to overnights.

It has now fully consolidated (including recordings) to five million viewers, ITV said.

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The BBC One thriller, starring Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden, peaked with 7.2 million viewers (Isabel Infantes/PA)
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Vanity Fair’s Olivia Cooke (Ian West/PA)