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Broadchurch finale breaks show record

By Lucy Mapstone

Broadchurch ended on a record high as its final episode scored its biggest audience ever.

An average of 8.7 million viewers tuned in to watch as the identity of Trish Winterman's (Julie Hesmondhalgh) rapist was revealed to be 16-year-old Michael Lucas (Deon Lee-Williams) in the shocking conclusion.

The average audience share for the ITV drama was 36%, and the episode peaked at 9.3 million viewers.

It means Monday night's instalment, the eighth in the nail-biting series, was the most-watched Broadchurch episode ever, beating the previous high of 8.6 million, for the last episode of series one in 2013.

Not only was the conclusion a ratings success, but the entire third series of the David Tennant and Olivia Colman-fronted drama effort has also been named the most successful of all.

The show, which returned to screens in February, averaged 7.4 million viewers per episode in the overnight ratings.

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