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Bear Grylls' The Island sees its highest ever ratings on premiere.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 29th March 2016

bear gryll's the island 2016 ratings

The third series of The Island began yesterday evening, however it would appear that viewers are not tiring of the show, as it pulled in a remarkable 2.6 million viewers in its 9pm slot. Channel 4 will be hoping that the show holds its strong audience throughout the series as it did across a dozen episodes in series 2.

The show has changed its format slightly from last year, whereas previously the men and women's team of survivors were on separate islands, this time they're on opposite sides of the same one, yet unaware that this is the case. It will be interesting to see how this develops as the series progresses.

Elsewhere on TV Rowan Atkinson's Maigret, a film adaptation of a 1955 Belgian detective novel, earned an impressive 5.8 million viewers despite receving generally negative critic reviews for its lack of pace and action. Nevertheless Atkinson will have the opportunity to expand upon his character with Maigret's Dead Man which is to be shown later this year.