The Pembrokeshire murders have been a huge hit for ITV.
The ITV crime drama starring Luke Evans began Monday night (January 11th) on ITV1.
The Hollywood star plays Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, who is on the hunt for a vicious serial killer.
The Pembrokeshire Murders Reviews: ITV Makes a Huge Profit
The Pembrokeshire murders kicked off Monday night with a whopping 6.3 million viewers.
It marks the highest ratings for a new ITV drama since The Durrells in 2016.
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A third of the people who watched TV on all channels last night watched the first episode of the crime series.
It was also enough to make it the biggest new drama launch on any channel since The Salisbury Poisonings in June 2020.
Is The Pembrokeshire Murders based on a true story?
The Pembrokeshire Murders is based on the true story of serial killer John Cooper, also known as The Game Show Killer.
He murdered Helen and Richard Thomas and Gwenda and Peter Dixon in 1985 and 1989, respectively.
The shocking double homicides in Wales left detectives at a loss for decades.
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In 2006, the newly promoted DS Wilkins decided to reopen two unsolved homicide cases from the 1980s that were linked to a series of break-ins.
New technological advances in forensic DNA analysis and witness reports of the suspect’s artistic impressions led the Dyfed-Powys police to the killer.
Wilkins watched an episode of the Bullseye game show in 1989 that resulted in the killer being finally caught.
Who Was John Cooper Killer?
John avoided prosecution for his crimes for 20 years until a combination of a new team of detectives and advances in forensics finally brought him to justice in 2011.
In 2018, ITV aired a documentary film about its crimes called The Game Show Serial Killer: Police Tapes.
In the 80s he led a double life and lived both as a committed family man and as a cold-blooded murderer.
How many episodes are there in The Pembrokeshire Murders?
The Pembrokeshire murders began at 9 p.m. on Monday, January 11 on ITV.
The three-part series continues tonight (January 12th) at 9 p.m. and ends on Wednesday January 13th.
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