Coronation Street’s heartbreaking gamble had paid off, early viewing figures show.
The first of Friday 7 May’s Corrie double bill saw Seb Franklin and girlfriend Nina Lucas savagely set upon by a gang of cruel teens, leaving both of them in urgent need of medical attention.
Seb (Harry Visinoni) managed to call emergency services before passing out, the episode ending on a tense cliffhanger.
The following episode, airing at 8:30pm, saw Nina (Mollie Gallagher) wake up, while Seb’s mum Abi (Sally Carman) was told that her boy had succumbed to his wounds.
And the brutal twist – which heartbroken viewers have since praised – saw the second episode crowned the top non-news programme of the day.
Its 4.69 million viewers meant it won nearly 27% of the viewership, according to early statistics from overnights.tv.
Another ITV soap, Emmerdale, drew in 4.07 million for its 7pm episode.
Meanwhile, Channel 4’s Gogglebox triumphed in the 9pm slot with 3.92 million viewers, 21.7% of the viewership.
Seb first appeared on the Cobbles back ion 2016, and since scenes of his death aired, actor Harry has opened up about what the future holds.
“I’ve learnt about TV and everything,” he said, “It’s been an incredible education. Something that you get on Coronation Street – the opportunity to work with so many different people, different directors, different actors all the time.”
Harry added: “I think maybe I’d like to do a bit of stage. A bit of theatre. As I’ve said, the last five years has been the best education that someone could wish for, but obviously I’ve still got so much to learn and I think back on stage is the next logical step to continue growing and developing and learning.
“Aside from that, I’m just going to follow my nose and see where it takes me. Just continue to enjoy myself and build my career in whatever role that might be.”
Meanwhile, Nina actress Sally has explained how she filmed some of the most emotional hospital scenes.
She told the Mirror : “You’ve just got to pull on your own experiences.
“I’ve never had anyone die on me in that situation. You have to go to maybe a time of your life where you’ve been heartbroken or lost something or had a big shock.
“It is emotionally tiring but satisfying to know you have hit it.”
*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.