The heady promise of a live, double-length episode, featuring two births, the aftermath of a double wedding and the murder of a key character, was enough to secure EMMERDALE its biggest viewing figures since January 2010.
An average of 9.2 million (with a peak of 10.2 million), a 42% audience share, tuned in to the rural soap across ITV1, +1 and HD between 7pm and 8pm last night to see Carl King meet his maker, courtesy of Chas, Cameron and a polystyrene brick.
That compares with an episode-average for the year so far of 6.5 million and 32% in the soap's usual 30-minute slot, and is half a million more than its previous best for 2012, a New Year episode watched by 8.7 million (34%).
Shock plots in EMMERDALE 40th anniversary episode
Fans were in receipt of high drama after character Carl King was battered to death by a brick by his love rival Cameron Murray.
The episode did celebrated some more brighter moments amongst its characters, as Chas Dingle married Dan Spencer and Katie Sugden enjoyed a marquee reception with husband Declan Macey.
Debbie Dingle also gave birth to a baby boy whom she hopes will save daughter Sarah's life after she developed leukaemia.
The New DVR Ratings Surge: Why Your Playback Habits Matter (and Why They Don't)
With DVR penetration now at 46 percent of U.S. homes and usage up some 30 percent versus just a year ago, delayed playback is boosting ratings and viewership tallies by sometimes staggering amounts. “The great thing about the DVR is you’re allowed to fit more TV into your schedule,” notes Andy Kubitz, ABC’s EVP of Program Planning and Scheduling. “More people are watching more television.”
Susan Lucci: 'Almost Impossible For Me To Say ALL MY CHILDREN And Erica Kane In The Past Tense'
"It's almost impossible for me to say ALL MY CHILDREN and Erica Kane in the past tense, I think largely because so many viewers keep her and the show alive in their hearts, and I feel that way. But you have to go forward, and I feel fortunate to be going forward with such great projects, such great people."
On her DEADLY AFFAIRS hosting persona: "It is not Erica Kane but it is certainly a nod to Erica Kane, and that's how it was presented and that made me happy." Lucci will also play a crafty character in the upcoming Lifetime series DEVIOUS MAIDS.
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER's Shailene Woodley Near ‘Divergent’ Deal
Woodley is in talks to play the Mary Jane role in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel, and is negotiating to play the female lead in Divergent, the Veronica Roth novel that will be directed by Neil Burger for Summit Entertainment.
ABC Buys Drama Inspired By Walter Reed Medical Center, Legal Female Buddy Show
Two more drama projects landed slots on ABC‘s drama development slate: medical drama WARRIORS, from director-producer Chris Chulack (SOUTHLAND), writer Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television; and legal drama GRIEVANCES, from writers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price and Neal Moritz’s Original Film.
ABC To Adapt Dutch Drama SEA OF FIRE
The show is set in a small town. When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface.
Cinemax’s BANSHEE from Alan Ball set to premiere in January
The action-drama series is set to debut January 11, 2013 at 10 p.m. on Cinemax.
ONCE UPON A TIME plans a wild ride
This Sunday is the eagerly anticipated introduction of a sexy young Captain Hook. The following week expect OUAT to journey to a new world unlike any we’ve seen before on the show. Plus, producers will eventually take Once characters to the Land of Oz and introduce their version of the Little Mermaid. And after bringing in Mulan and Lancelot this year, producers are not ruling out figures from other genre-bursting non-fairy tale sources
18 TV Show-Inspired Manicures
GREY'S ANATOMY, BREAKING BAD, DOWNTON ABBEY and more.
PARENTHOOD Stars Mae Whitman And Matt Lauria Sex Up The Beach
The obvious sexual tension between the two characters comes to a head in these on-set photos of the pair making out on a Los Angeles beach.
Over the past week both Whitman and Lauria have been commenting on Twitter about the two characters, and it seems like fans of these two will definitely get to enjoy a few more episodes with them together.
"So far, six…with more coming!" Lauria responded to a fan on how many episodes he’ll be appearing on.
Highest Paid TV Actors
PARENTHOOD's Ray Romano is second making $18 million this year. Former KNOTS LANDING and THE DOCTORS star Alec Baldwin is fourth at $15 million.
AMC’s MAD MEN Heads To Hawaii For Season Premiere
The New York-set drama series is headed for a secretive two-day shoot on the islands. Sources say it will involve actors Jon Hamm and Jessica Pare, who play husband and wife Don and Megan Draper on the ad agency show. The two, joined by a very small crew, are expected to leave Sunday.
Actress Ashley Benson buys Hollywood Hills West home for $2.2 million
The gated two-story home, built in 1938, features a wood-paneled library, a fireplace in the dining room, an updated kitchen with marble counters, coffered ceilings, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,085 square feet of living space. There is also a pool and a spa.
Jennifer Love Hewitt To Produce Lifetime Drama Inspired By Her ‘I Shot Cupid’ Book
'Fonzie' reaches out to help down-and-out Erin Moran
Erin Moran’s sad down-and-out spiral reportedly grabbed the attention of her former HAPPY DAYS castmate Henry Winkler, who wants to hook up his old pal with a new gig. The Fonz is working to bring Moran to ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, the critically loved but ratings-challenged sitcom that’s headed for Netflix.
Logo's DTLA set to premiere on Oct. 24
DTLA is a scripted half-hour drama about gay friends in downtown Los Angeles.