‘EastEnders’: Peggy Mitchell’s Death Episode Pulls In Nearly Half Of All TV Viewers

Dame Barbara's final star turn on the soap was a hit with viewers.

Peggy Mitchell’s death was seen by almost half of all UK TV viewers on Tuesday (17 May) night, new figures have revealed.

The much-hyped ‘EastEnders’ episode attracted an average of 6.9 million viewers (via the Guardian).

<strong>Peggy took one last look around the Queen Vic </strong>
Peggy took one last look around the Queen Vic
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At its peak, the episode was being watched by eight million viewers, which was a 41% share of the audience.

While the figures are impressive by today’s standards, they are nowhere near as high as in years gone by.

The famous ‘Who shot Phil?’ storyline conclusion pulled in 19 million viewers, while the revelation that Stacey Branning murdered Archie Mitchell was seen by 17 million.

Barbara Windsor and the ‘EastEnders’ team won praise for the emotional show, which saw the iconic former pub landlady take her own life.

However, Dame Barbara was nearly upstaged by Pam St Clement, who reprised her role of Pat Butcher, for Peggy’s final scene.

Later this month, Peggy will be given a fitting send-off, with Danniella Westbrook returning to Walford for her on-screen mum’s funeral.

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