EASTENDERS misplaced 700,000 viewers since returning to screens this week with new episodes.
The BBC cleaning soap was pressured to take a 3 month break as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however filming resumed on Albert Sq. in June.
Regardless of a giant push, Friday’s instalment of the BBC drama drew in 2.65 million folks – 700,000 lower than their comeback episode on Monday, which attracted 3.35 million.
Nonetheless, the beloved cleaning soap was moved from it is ordinary 8pm slot to eight:30pm final night time to keep away from clashing with Coronation Avenue’s hour-long instalment.
It then confronted competitors from Who Needs To Be A Millionaire, the place the historical past instructor Donald Worry, 57, turned the primary million pound winner in 14 years.
The numbers additionally do not embrace catch-up providers and all soaps often get pleasure from a big bump in time shift figures.
The Solar On-line went to an EastEnders spokesperson for remark.
The newest determine come after the cleaning soap returned to screens earlier this week with 3.35 million viewers.
Nonetheless, the BBC drama could not handle to match its ITV rivals viewing figures with it is comeback episode – with Emmerdale attracting 4.51m viewers and Coronation Avenue being watched by 5.31m.
The brand new episodes have been filmed with solid and crew adhering to social distancing tips, with the usage of screens, physique doubles and CGI to movie intimate moments.
On Monday’s return, viewers watched as police officer Callum Freeway (Tony Clay) was left with a tricky choice over boyfriend Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden).
Clay stated he was “buzzing to be again” whereas followers additionally shared their pleasure on the present’s return.
One tweeted: “bbceastenders was so good!! Filming methods had been incredible! It was so nice to have all my favorite characters again on the display screen with updates on their lives slipped in.
“What an ending too!! Cannot look ahead to tomorrow! I’ve missed you.”
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Another referenced EastEnders’ famous “duff duff” drum beats that signify the end of an episode, writing: “Great first duff duff to the first episode of Series 2 of #EastEnders…! So glad it’s back and as gripping as ever!”
One fan praised the BBC soap’s use of socially distance filming.
They said: “Eastenders needs to take a well deserved bow over how they’ve handled social distancing filming. It looked so good.”