BBC Hit Drama 'Bodyguard' Finale Lands 47.9 Percent Share in U.K.

Credit: World Productions
'Bodyguard'

Netflix is launching the show — the most successful U.K. drama in a decade — internationally on Oct. 24.

Bodyguard secured its position as the hottest new British drama in a decade Sunday night, with a peak of 11 million — a 47.9 percent share — tuning in for the explosive finale on BBC One.

The news will no doubt be heartening to Netflix, which last week picked up the six-part drama — created by Jed Mercurio and made by ITV Studios-owned World Productions — as an original for all territories (except the U.K. and China). It is set to launch on the SVOD giant Oct. 24.

The sixth and conclusive episode of the show —in which Game of Thrones star Richard Madden plays am embattled bodyguard caught up in a devious assassination plot — was up on the already stellar figures for the rest of the series, which had risen from 6.9 million viewers for episode one to 8.3 million for episode five. 

Bodyguard now becomes the number one U.K. program of the year, outside this summer's soccer World Cup, with the finale the biggest across all U.K. channels since Downton Abbey in November 2011, and the biggest BBC drama since the Christmas Day 2008 episode of Doctor Who.