Bodyguard finale biggest UK drama since records began

Jed Mercurio drama busts records dating back to 2002.

The finale of Bodyguard was watched by an audience of 17.1 million people, consolidated figures have revealed, making it the UK’s most watched episode of any drama series since current records began, in 2002.

It was the largest audience recorded for a TV programme outside of sporting and national events since 2010.

Bodyguard is also BBC iPlayer’s most successful box set ever, currently at over 38 million requests.

The drama byJed Mercurio starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes debuts in Australia on Netflix today.

7 Responses

  1. one person wrote the whole script the first 15 minutes are gobsmaking edge of the seat stuff and it never ever lets up so many twists and turns not to be missed if only we had writers like this in Australia

  2. I’m not surprised as Jed Mecurio’s other series ‘Line of Duty’ was absolutely fantastic, and in my opinion one of the best British drama series ever. Very pleased Netflix Aust has picked this up so fast.

  3. Bodyguard was shown on BBC1 at 9pm Sunday nights up against a new version of Vanity Fair on ITV1. Typically a live audience of 6.6m to VF’s 2.9m.
    400k viewers may have watched both shows by using the ITV1+1 time-shifted channel on satellite.
    Both shows were made by ITV owned production companies.
    Netflix picked up the Bodyguard streaming rights before production began.
    Amazon has the streaming rights to Vanity Fair outside the UK. (theguardian.com)
    Aus viewers need to subscribe or hibernate.

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