BBC’s Line of Duty most watched programme this year

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by Mark Johnson

Episode one of the BBC’s Line Of Duty series five is the most watched programme on British television this year with an audience of 13.2 million viewers, 28-day four-screen data has revealed.

The BBC said that the first four episodes have attracted larger audiences than any other programme on UK television this year, averaging 10.6 million viewers in seven-day four-screen consolidated figures.

Episode five, which aired on Sunday night, received the highest overnight figure for Line Of Duty ever, with an average of 7.9 million viewers and peak of 8.3 million.

“We're thrilled and flattered by the amazing response to this series of Line Of Duty”, said Line Of Duty showrunner, Jed Mercurio. 

Viewer support

“On behalf of the whole production, I want to thank our viewers for their fantastic loyalty, and World Productions and the BBC for their unstinting support."

Simon Heath, executive producer for World Productions, says: “It’s testament to Jed’s brilliant writing and the best cast on British TV that the audience for Line of Duty has grown bigger with every series. 

“A huge thanks to the BBC who took a chance on a small show in Birmingham back in 2011 and to everyone who’s supported us since“

Line Of Duty series five concludes this Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, with a feature length finale. 

Line Of Duty is made by World Productions for BBC One.

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