Digital Spy reported that ITV’s “Arthur & George,” starring Martin Clunes, was the most watched program outside soaps on March 2, according to overnight data. The show brought in an average 5.29 million viewers, with an added 200,000 on +1.
(I’ve noticed that overnight figures generally jump a million or two when the official numbers are released.)
“Doc Martin” fans will be interested to know the ratings numbers for Series 6 were considerably higher. See https://karengilleland.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/dm-ratings-and-what-they-may-mean-for-season-7/
Critics gave A&G ho-hum reviews, but John Russell, a viewer in the UK, says: “As for me, I can’t wait for episode 2. I certainly want to know, who was the criminal. . . .”
Here are links to the reviews. I’ve picked out a favorable snippet from each.
The Guardian: “It has been translated sympathetically and successfully to the screen, with fine performances.”
Metro: “The thriller-drama-mystery’s first episode was warmly received on the whole, but there was one source of concern: Martin Clunes’ Scottish accent.”
Den of Geek: “It’s a genial drama, despite the horror-movie animal maiming, largely thanks to the presence of Martin Clunes and his East Coast Scottish purr. Clunes is very likeable as the good-hearted but condescending writer . . . ”
The Telegraph: “But, while Clunes gives Doyle a bit of life, there is precious little of Edalji.”
Mirror: “Clunes quickly leaves his character of Doc Martin behind to play the Scottish-born writer (whose first wife was also called Louisa) And his relationship with Jean Leckie (Hattie Morahan) proves that his character was no saint.