170k Northern Ireland viewers tune in for James Nesbitt's Cold Feet return
An average 170,000 Northern Ireland viewers tuned in for the return of Jimmy Nesbitt in the hit comedy drama Cold Feet after a 13-year absence.
It was the most watched programme in Northern Ireland in its time slot with 30% of the local audience watching Nesbitt's character announcing his marriage as he returned home after years working abroad.
Overall 6million people across the UK watched the show making it the fourth most popular programme on Monday night after the soaps.
The Manchester-based series ran for five series between 1997 and 2003, with more than 10 million viewers tuning in for the emotional finale.
The first episode of the new series featured Adam, played by Co Antrim actor Nesbitt, announcing his impending marriage to Angela, played by Karen David.
His first marriage ended in tragedy when his wife Rachel, portrayed by Helen Baxendale, died in a road crash in the fifth series of the show.
Baxendale will not be part of the new series.
Adam was reunited with his friends Pete, Jenny, David and Karen - played by John Thomson, Fay Ripley, Robert Bathurst and Hermione Norris - but discovered they were not as excited as he was about his second wedding.
On the day of the ceremony, he confided to his landlord that he was beginning to have second thoughts.
His doubts were made worse by the fact he learned his son was having trouble at school.
He said, "I do", anyway - with immediate regret.
James Nesbitt said of Adam's new quest for love: "Adam has always been quite impulsive in love.
"When he met Rachel in the original pilot episode that was born out of a car crash.
"In the new series it's born out of a boat journey and then he falls instantly in love with Angela, played by Karen David.
"Adam has always been somebody swayed by romance, impulse and an exciting, vibrant personality.
"Angela has all of those things.
"It's an exciting time for Adam but clearly he is rushing into it. And she is a younger woman."
The Bafta-winning show, which was created by Mike Bullen, has been broadcast in more than 30 countries, and remade for US, Italian, Czech Republic and Polish audiences.
The series started back in 1997 with couples Adam and Rachel, Pete and Jenny, and Karen and David.
Fans have clamoured for a reunion since the final episode was broadcast following Rachel's death, when Adam started to bring up their son on his own.
The show continues on Monday at 9pm on UTV.