ITV’s new drama Des was watched by 5.4m (average audience) Monday 14th of September making it the biggest drama launch on the channel since Cleaning Up in 2019

Des, featuring David Tennant as serial killer Dennis Nilsen, opened to critical acclaim and is the second biggest drama launch episode across all channels so far in 2020.  The first episode peaked with 5.9m and was watched by almost a third of all viewers (33%) across its slot.

Des continues Tuesday 15th of September on ITV at 9pm and the three part series concludes Wednesday night at the same time.


ITV has three of the top five most watched drama launches this year.  As well as Des, the first episodes of Quiz (5.3m) and Van Der Valk (5.2m) are also ranked in the top five by overnight audience.

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