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BBC’s Happy Valley tops Prince Harry’s ITV interviews in ratings

Harry’s interview is trumped by Happy Valley and Call the Midwife: 5.25 million viewers watched Sarah Lancashire, while BBC dramas were watched by 5.1 million – compared to just 4.10 million for Prince’s Tom Bradby interview

  • The 38-year-old Duke sat down with his friend on ITV to voice more criticism of the royal family
  • But despite weeks of intense anticipation, the ratings are likely to disappoint
  • Attracts a third of the 12.4 million viewers who tuned in to watch the 2021 Oprah interview
  • BBC1’s long-running drama Call The Midwife attracted more viewers than either show

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Prince Harry’s highly anticipated ITV interview was beaten in the ratings by Happy Valley, with the BBC1 drama drawing around a million more viewers, it has been revealed

The Duke of Sussex’s conversation with Tom Bradby took on the hit drama series last night at 9pm, in which Sarah Lancashire plays the role of a police sergeant in West Yorkshire.

But despite the hype over the Prince’s autobiography, the ITV show reportedly attracted 4.1 million viewers, while Happy Valley was more than a million ahead with almost 5.3 million.

The figures for the Duke’s interview, revealed by one of the BBC’s entertainment journalists, are much lower than the number of people who tuned in to Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on ITV in 2021. interview had raised more than 10 million.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, sat down with his friend Tom Bradby on ITV to hurl another series of barbs at the royal family – with over four million viewers tuning in

Figures from BARB show the BBC drama starring Sarah Lancashire was watched by 5.25 million viewers compared to Harry: The Interview's 4.10 million

Figures from BARB show the BBC drama starring Sarah Lancashire was watched by 5.25 million viewers compared to Harry: The Interview's 4.10 million

Figures from BARB show the BBC drama starring Sarah Lancashire was watched by 5.25 million viewers compared to Harry: The Interview’s 4.10 million

Happy Valley has returned to BBC1 after a six year absence with the second episode in the latest series airing between 9pm and 10pm yesterday, while Harry’s interview was between 9pm and 10.35pm.

BBC1’s long-running drama Call The Midwife attracted more viewers than both these programmes, reportedly grossing 5.6 million.

The numbers suggest that viewers’ hunger to hear just Harry’s side of the story is waning after he and Meghan have already released a six-part documentary about their lives on Netflix.

That series turned out to be a hit for the streaming service with almost 2.5 million people watching the first episode on the day of its launch. In that series, as in last night’s interview, he targeted other members of the royal family and the press.

Viewers reacted to the ratings for the Bradby interview on Twitter, with one writing, “Watched the interview for about 15 minutes – couldn’t take it anymore, the voiceover of him narrating the book was just too much. “

A second tweeted, “For me the main difference between Happy Valley and the Harry Interview is that you had to watch Happy Valley to know what was going on. I’m still inundated with the details of Harry’s Interview. You don’t have to look at it for a second.’

A third added, “Happy Valley is a drama about a group of people where we see their stories play out, the other is just a story from one person’s perspective.”

Viewers took to Twitter to respond to the ratings of Bradby's interview

Viewers took to Twitter to respond to the ratings of Bradby's interview

Viewers took to Twitter to respond to the ratings of Bradby’s interview

The Bradby sit-down was the first of four primetime interviews he’ll be giving to plug his memoir Spare – which was officially published today, days after it went up for sale prematurely in Spain.

The 38-year-old again aimed a flamethrower at his family, accusing them of being “accomplices” to the “pain and suffering” inflicted on his wife and even likened them to “abusers”.

He suggested they helped to “destroy” his and Meghan’s reputations, forced them to move to California, and “showed no willingness to reconcile.”

In a 90-minute discussion, the sometimes techie royal accused his family of “sleeping with the devil,” and while admitting they weren’t racist, they claimed they were guilty of “unconscious bias.”

Harry also supported the Queen’s former lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, who was embroiled in a toxic race feud last month, saying she ‘never meant any harm’.

In a later interview with CBS’s Anderson Cooper last night in the US, Harry had harsh words for Camilla, accusing him of being a “bad guy” who needed to “repair her image.”

He added that she was “dangerous” and leaked stories to the media in an attempt to get the crown.

BBC1's long-running drama Call The Midwife won last night's ranking and reportedly grossed 5.6 million

BBC1's long-running drama Call The Midwife won last night's ranking and reportedly grossed 5.6 million

BBC1’s long-running drama Call The Midwife won last night’s ranking and reportedly grossed 5.6 million

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