Olivia Coleman won a Bafta for her role as detective sergeant Ellie Miller
The much-anticipated return of ITV drama Broadchurch was seen by a peak audience of eight million viewers according to overnight figures.
The drama drew an average audience of 7.3m or 7.6m if you include ITV+1.
The original series starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman was a critical and ratings hit.
The mystery followed the investigation into the death of 11-year-old Danny Latimer.
It won three Bafta awards and a peak audience of 8.9 million viewers tuned into watch the climax of the show on 22 April 2013.
In an unusual move, ITV did not release any previews of the first episode of the new series to stop leaks about the new storyline.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment