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UKTV has revealed it has achieved record growth in 2023 for the network and its free streaming service UKTV Play.

UKTV Play enjoyed growth across all metrics last year, with direct-to-consumer views growing by 56% and monetisable views by 48%. 

Drama, W, Yesterday, Alibi, Gold and Eden all grew share in 2023 with a rich mix of original and acquired content helping to bolster growth. UKTV’s SOCI (Share of Commercial Impacts) reached 8.81%, the highest ever for the seven channel network.

Hit show Annika returned to Alibi for a second series and became the highest rating programme on the channel and across the UKTV network last year, watched by 1.29m. It helped propel Alibi to 16% share growth in 2023, aided by a strong slate of content including UK premiere CSI: Vegas and UKTV Original The Diplomat.


Yesterday benefitted from increased content investment with UKTV Originals accounting for nine out of 10 of the channel’s top shows, including Secrets of the London Underground, Bangers & Cash and Classic Car Garage, resulting in 8% share growth for the channel.


Meet the Richardsons was the highest rating show on Dave in 2023, with World’s Most Dangerous Roads, QI XL, David Mitchell’s Outsiders and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled rounding out the top five. Dave also enjoyed BAFTA recognition with nominations for Big Zuu’s Big Eats and Meet the Richardsons.


Drama enjoyed another strong year averaging a 1.63% share (up 3% year-on-year) and Mrs Sidhu Investigates and Sister Boniface Mysteries were the stand-out shows on the channel, both watched by over 1.2m viewers.


Gold (+13%), W (+16%) and Eden (+31%) also achieved share growth last year.

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