Gene, who appeared in both Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, beat legendary detectives such as Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), Inspector Morse (John Thaw) and Jack Frost (David Jason) to claim the third spot. He was only beaten by Columbo and Sherlock.
As one of the contributors said, "In DCI Gene Hunt, without doubt you have got one of the greatest, the most memorable TV Detectives ever."
The full top ten was as follows:
10. DCI Tom Barnaby (Midsummer Murders)
9. Miss Marple (Agatha Christie's Marple)
8. DI Jack Frost (A Touch of Frost)
7. Jonathan Creek (Jonathan Creek)
6. DI Alec Hardy (Broadchurch)
5. Inspector Morse (Morse)
4. Hercule Poriot (Agatha Chrisite's Poirot)
3. Gene Hunt and Sam Tyler (Life on Mars)
2. Columbo (Columbo)
1. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)