ITV comedy Benidorm concluded its 10th series with just over 3 million viewers last night.
The potential final series of Benidorm saw legendary comedy duo Hale & Pace join the cast as undercover detectives investigating Tim Healy’s character Les/Lesley, who returned to the series full time.
The nine-episode series also saw Shane Richie back, reprising his role as lively entertainer Sammy Valentino and John Challis became a series regular with his character Monty Staines.
The final instalment last night (Wednesday, May 2) was watched by 3.3 million viewers on ITV. The episode saw a slight increase of 100,000 viewers on last week’s episode.
There have been rumours it was the last ever series but ITV said today: “No decision has been made regarding any further series of Benidorm.”
Benidorm bettered BBC One in the 9PM slot, with Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall dropping to 2.8 million viewers from last week’s 3.7 million.
Earlier, 2.6 million caught Watchdog and 2.7 million were watching The One Show.
It was the soaps that topped the night’s ratings: Coronation Street pulled in 6.3 million viewers for its first episode of the night while 5.7 million returned for the second instalment.
5.5 million watched Emmerdale while elsewhere on ITV, new documentary series Britain’s Busiest Airport began with 3.3 million.
Elsewhere, on Channel 4, the latest episode of First Dates interested 1.5 million viewers.
On Channel 5, Rich House, Poor House had 1.2 million while Taskmaster brought in 700,000 viewers to Dave.
The Roma v Liverpool football match outdid them all, rating 1.6 million for BT Sport.