The third series of the crime drama starring Kenneth Branagh as the Swedish detective trounced the competition in the primetime slot.

The Left Bank Pictures hit show managed to top BBC1’s slot average of 5.38m (21.84%) for the past 12 months.

The second series debuted with 5.35m (19.6%) in 2010, while the first ever episode arrested 6.2m (23.96%) in 2008.