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The BBC wins seven out of ten of the most watched shows in 2023 so far across all broadcasters and streamers. 

The Coronation (12.8m), Planet Earth III (8.9m) and Wild Isles (8.2m) take the top three spots for Factual in 2023. Happy Valley is the biggest drama of the year (11.9m) and Death in Paradise takes the second spot (8.3m) with eight of the top ten from BBC Drama. 

Ghosts is the biggest comedy of the year (4.9m) with nine of the top 10 comedies all on the BBC. The biggest entertainment show of the year so far goes to the Eurovision Song Contest (10.7m).

Rank - Programme - Broadcaster - Rating

1 - The Coronation Of King Charles (BBC) - 12.8m

2- Happy Valley (BBC) - 11.9m

3 - Eurovision Song Contest (BBC) - 10.7m

4 - The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4) - 9.7m

5 - I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV) - 9.0m

6 - Planet Earth III (BBC) - 8.9m

7 - Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) - 8.5m

8 - Death In Paradise (BBC) - 8.3m

9 - Unforgotten (ITV) - 8.2m

10 - Wild Isles (BBC) - 8.2m

Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer says: "Only the BBC can offer such scale, distinctiveness and ambition. Our range of world-class programmes is unrivalled, we’ve delivered value to audiences and they’ve chosen the BBC in every genre...

"We are facing tough financial challenges, and while we are not unique in this, what’s impressive is that despite all the millions being spent on global platforms,  we’ve had an extraordinary year creatively.” 

Details provided by the BBC Press Office.


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