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Line Of Duty is 2019’s most watched TV show so far with over 13 million viewers

Line Of Duty has become the biggest TV show of 2019 to date with more than 13 million viewers.


The hit BBC One drama is currently airing its fifth season on Sunday nights at 9PM.

Ahead of the series finale on Sunday, the BBC has revealed that the series’ opener has become the most watched programme on British television this year with an audience of 13.2 million viewers, once catch up has been added.

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 last 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.

Line Of Duty showrunner, Jed Mercurio, says: “We’re thrilled and flattered by the amazing response to this series of Line Of Duty. 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, added: “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“


The sixth and final episode of the series on Sunday, May 5 will be a 90 minute special.

Stephen Graham (Save Me, Taboo, This Is England) stars as guest lead in the fifth series.

He plays John Corbett alongside Rochenda Sandall (Girlfriends, Broken) as Lisa McQueen – two pivotal figures in a deadly organised crime group.


They join regular series lead stars Vicky McClure (DS Kate Fleming), Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) and Adrian Dunbar (Supt. Ted Hastings).

You can watch episodes live or on catch up via the BBC iPlayer.

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