Killing Eve has been crowned the most watched BBC show of 2019

This year, we have been inundated with impressive TV shows that have kept us all at the edge of our seats wanting more. But one show in particular has outshone them all in the eyes of the British public and we can’t say we’re surprised. It is of course, Killing Eve.

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The hit BBC America series by Phoebe Waller-Bridge has come out on top on the annual iPlayer list as the biggest and most watched programme.

The crime drama, which stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as its leads Eve Polastri and Villanelle, has not only received critical acclaim but endless award nominations – many of which it took home wins for throughout 2019.

The show’s second season alone, which dropped earlier this year, has received 40.4 million requests to view online so far meaning not only did it top the most watched list but it did so by a mile. Line of Duty season 5 came in at second place on the big list with 27.4 million requests (still almost 14 million less than Killing Eve), while Peaky Blinders season 3 with 26.6 million requests.

But that’s not all. Despite having launched in 2018, the first season of Killing Eve also featured in the top five most watched shows on iPlayer with 22.3 million requests which simply goes to show how popular and hype-worthy the drama really is.

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The top ten most watched shows on iPlayer for 2019

  1. Killing Eve season 2 – 40,382,000
  2. Line of Duty season 5 – 27,394,000
  3. Peaky Blinders season 5 – 26,635,000
  4. Strictly Come Dancing season 17 – 23,850,000
  5. Killing Eve season 1 – 22,304,000
  6. Fleabag season 2 – 20,315,000
  7. The Apprentice season 15 – 19,993,000
  8. The Capture season 1 – 19,255,000
  9. MasterChef season 15 – 19,035,000
  10. Silent Witness season 11 – 18,118,000

Commenting on the results from the annual list, Charlotte Moore, director of content, BBC said: ‘It’s been a huge year for BBC iPlayer – as well as record-breaking figures, it’s become an entertainment destination in its own right; and with approval for new programmes to be available for a minimum of 12 months, this will deliver real value for licence fee payers. In 2020 we will go even further to make it the best watch ever from binge-worthy series to the biggest live TV moments.’

Similarly, Dan McGolpin, Controller of iPlayer for the BBC, added: ‘This year we’ve seen some of television’s most exciting shows return to BBC iPlayer, from Killing Eve to Line of Duty and from Peaky Blinders to Fleabag, the number of programme requests we’ve received has been incredible. What’s also really satisfying is that brand new series such as The Capture, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, His Dark Materials and Seven Worlds, One Planet have also generated large audiences. Together with our live event coverage, this year including Glastonbury, the Women’s World Cup and the General Election 2019, BBC iPlayer is a unique service that is going to get even bigger and better in 2020.’