Line of Duty revealed as BBC iPlayer’s biggest show


Course of action isn’t just the king of TV series – he’s the king of all BBC shows for 2021!

The Beeb announced its annual tally of iPlayer streaming numbers, and Jed Mercurio’s crime drama crushed the closest competition as the most-watched box set and most-watched episode of 2021.

Since the launch of the sixth series in March, its first episode has been viewed 9.2 million times on iPlayer, and the series as a whole has aired 137 million times throughout that year.

To compare, Course of actionThe 137.1 million streams dominate the second biggest schedule of 2021, the 90.2 million from the Tokyo Olympics, which in itself is a staggering number!

Other high-ranking dramas for the year include Silent witness, Doctor Who, Death in paradise and The snake in the top ten of the highest rated shows of the year, with a reality show RuPaul Drag Race in UK land the last slot on the list.

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Teen drama sets were also very popular, with Pretty little Liars finishing as the third most broadcast series of 2021, in addition to the soon to be relaunched Waterloo Road make the list too.

Below is a full ranking of the top ten shows of the year on BBC iPlayer:

  1. Service line: 137.1 m
  2. Olympic Games: 90.2 m
  3. Pretty Little Liars: 79.9 m
  4. Euro 2020: 68.2 million
  5. Silent witness: 62.3 m
  6. Waterloo Road: 45.3 m
  7. Doctor Who: 41.8 m
  8. Death in Heaven: 39.7 m
  9. The Serpent: 35.4 m
  10. RuPaul’s UK Drag Race: 33.3 m
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      Now we present the ranking of the most streamed episodes on BBC iPlayer:

      1. Line of Duty, Series 6 – episode 1: 9.2m
      2. Vigil, Series 1 – episode 1: 8.0m
      3. Time, Series 1 – episode 1: 7.3m
      4. The Serpent, Series 1 – episode 1: 6.3m
      5. Euro 2020, Final: Italy v England: 6.0m
      6. Bloodlands, Series 1 – Episode 1: 5.1 m
      7. The Pact, Series 1 – episode 1: 4.7m
      8. Traces, Series 1 – episode 1, 4.4m
      9. A perfect planet, volcano: 3.7 m
      10. Forensic Medicine: The Real CSI, Series 2 – One Confession to Murder, 3.6m
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          Course of action broke records throughout the year, its finale drawing the largest broadcast audience since 2001 and later taking the record as the most watched drama of the 21st century!

          To compare, Course of actionthe 137.1 million flows in 2021 more than double the 62 million times Normal people aired at the top of last year’s iPlayer chart!

          EastEnders was the soap opera leader on iPlayer in 2021 with 257 million times during the year so far.

          Course of action series 1 to 6 are available on BBC iPlayer, and DVD and Blu-ray boxes are also available for purchase now.

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