Benefits hugely from being part of a Strictly Come Dancing sandwich
Merlin surged to its biggest overnight ratings of the series – by a huge margin – with an overnight viewing figure of 7.19 million viewers. That’s over a million viewers better than series four’s previous best: “Lancelot Du Lac” with 6.01 million. We also believe it’s the best overnight ever achieved by the show (though we have yet to have that 100% 1confirmed – we’re not just trusting Wikipedia ).
The episode did, of course, benefit from two factors. First, it was part of a Strictly Come Dancing Final sandwich, airing between the two parts of the big dance-off, which achieved phenomenal ratings (12.18 and 11.94 million). Also, Merlin wasn’t up against The X-Factor this week. But whatever the reasons, it’s a still a fantastic result for the show. Roll on Christmas Eve.