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Blue Planet II has become the most-watched programme of 2017 and the most popular natural history series in 15 years.
New figures show the first episode of the BBC’s landmark natural history series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, was watched by 14.01million.
Opening - Instalment - Fans - Footage - Gender
The opening instalment gripped fans with footage of fish changing gender and an extraordinary hunting scene where a fish leapt out of the sea to catch a bird.
And it proved even more popular than any episode of Planet Earth II last year, the most-watched of which attracted 13.1million viewers.
Bumper - Audience - Programme - TV - Year
The bumper audience eclipses any programme on TV this year, pulling in over 2 million more viewers than the One Love Manchester concert in June, and 1.7million more than any episode of Strictly Come Dancing.
Ahead of the launch of Blue Planet II, which has been serialised in the Mail’s Weekend magazine, there had been questions raised about whether viewers would warm to marine wildlife in the same way they did the characters of Planet Earth II.
Audience - Figures - Programme - Days
And the consolidated audience figures, which include those who watched the programme up to seven days after it was shown on...
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