Prince Harry interview crushed in ratings by Happy Valley season 3

Prince Harry weating a white shirt under a navy jumper talking about his life in the Royal family
Prince Harry sat down for a fresh chat with Tom Bradbury on January 8, 2022. (Image credit: ITV)

Prince Harry's latest sit-down chat — Harry: The Interview — was beaten in the overnight ratings by the second episode of Happy Valley season 3 on Sunday, January 8.

The Duke of Sussex's latest interview aired at 9 pm on ITV1, opposite the BBC crime drama. Like his new book, his sit-down chat with ITV News at Ten presenter Tom Bradby saw Prince Harry opening up and sharing his views on a variety of topics including the monarchy and his relationship with the media. 

Harry: The Interview attracted a decent audience, but it faced stiff competition from the second episode of the third series of Happy Valley. According to Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB) figures, more than one million more viewers tuned into the Sarah Lancashire-led crime drama compared to Harry's interview. 

These figures were shared on Twitter by BBC correspondent, Lizo Mzimba, who stated that 4.1 million viewers tuned into Harry: The Interview compared to 5.25 million viewers who watched Happy Valley. However, it is worth noting that these viewing figures do not account for anyone who has watched Prince Harry's interview catch-up streaming service, ITVX or Happy Valley on catch-up via iPlayer, so both shows will eventually end up with bigger audiences.

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Harry's ITV interview came just a few weeks after Harry & Meghan hit Netflix and just days before the release of his new memoir, Spare (opens in new tab). Filmed in California—where Prince Harry resides with his wife, Meghan Markle—the latest interview saw Harry covering a variety of topics about his life as a member of the Royal Family, and the challenges he has faced. Some of the things he discussed included 

The announcement of Harry: The Interview also wasn't welcome news for Midsomer Murders fans as it bumped the new episode off-air. Viewers had been eagerly awaiting the return of the long-running ITV series to return at 8 pm on the day, though schedules were moved around to accommodate Harry's interview, and we don't yet know when the new episode will hit our screens at the time of writing. 

The second episode of Happy Valley season 3 is available to stream on BBC iPlayer. Harry: The Interview is now available to stream on ITVX. For more info on all the latest shows, check out our TV Guide.

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.