Line of Duty named BBC iPlayer's biggest show

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Photo credit: Steffan Hill - BBC
Photo credit: Steffan Hill - BBC

Line of Duty isn't just the king of TV dramas – it's the king of all BBC shows for 2021!

The BBC has announced its yearly tally of iPlayer streaming figures, and Jed Mercurio's crime drama has crushed the nearest competition as the most-watched boxset and the most-watched episode of 2021.

Since the sixth series kicked off in March, its premiere episode has been seen 9.2 million times on the iPlayer and the series as a whole has been streamed an incredible 137 million times throughout the entirety of this year.

For comparison sake, Line of Duty's 137.1 million streams dominates 2021's second-biggest programme, the Tokyo Olympic Games' 90.2 million — which itself is a staggering figure!

Other high-ranking dramas for the year include Silent Witness, Doctor Who, Death in Paradise and The Serpent in the top ten highest-rated shows of the year, with reality show RuPaul's Drag Race UK landing the final slot on the list.

Photo credit: Steffan Hill - BBC
Photo credit: Steffan Hill - BBC

Boxsets of teen dramas were also hugely popular, with Pretty Little Liars finishing as the third most-streamed series of 2021, in addition to the soon-to-be-revived Waterloo Road making the list too.

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

  1. Line of Duty: 137.1m

  2. Olympics: 90.2m

  3. Pretty Little Liars: 79.9m

  4. Euro 2020: 68.2m

  5. Silent Witness: 62.3m

  6. Waterloo Road: 45.3m

  7. Doctor Who: 41.8m

  8. Death in Paradise: 39.7m

  9. The Serpent: 35.4m

  10. RuPaul's Drag Race UK: 33.3m

Now, we present the rankings for 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: 5.1m

  7. The Pact, Series 1 - episode 1: 4.7m

  8. Traces, Series 1 - episode 1, 4.4m

  9. A Perfect Planet, Volcano: 3.7m

  10. Forensics: The Real CSI, Series 2 – An Admission of Murder, 3.6m

Photo credit: Mammoth Screen/Roland Neveu - BBC
Photo credit: Mammoth Screen/Roland Neveu - BBC

Line of Duty broke records throughout the year, with its finale attracting the largest broadcast audience since 2001 and later taking the record as the most-watched drama of the 21st century!

For comparison sake, Line of Duty's 137.1 million streams across 2021 more than doubles the 62 million times Normal People was streamed to top last year's iPlayer ranking!

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

Line of Duty series 1-6 are available on BBC iPlayer, and DVD and Blu-ray boxsets are also available to buy now.

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