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Peaky Blinders record hit for BBC2, iPlayer

January 12, 2018

Series four of Peaky Blinders had a series average of 3.3 million, consolidated figures reveal, making it the biggest BBC Two drama series of 2017. It had a peak episode volume of 3.6 million for the series finale, the biggest audience for an episode ever. This makes it the most popular series of Peaky Blinders ever, ahead of the averages for series one (2.4 million), series two (2.2 million) and series three (2.4 million).

BBC iPlayer figures also reflect the popularity of the critically-acclaimed drama, with stats revealing each episode received more than a million requests in the seven days after broadcast transmission. Sign-in data also indicates that nearly 60 per cent of the audience viewing the show on BBC iPlayer were under 35-year-olds.

Steven Knight, creator and writer, says: “Peaky Blinders continues to grow not just as a TV show but also as a cultural phenomenon. As makers we watch the creativity and invention of our fan base as closely as they watch the show. There is a great engine of support behind the show all around the world even in countries where it is not officially available. The BBC gave us a free and open platform to create something other broadcasters may not have understood. The story will continue.”

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