Bodyguard finale is the most watched episode of a drama since official records began

THE finale of Bodyguard is the most-watched episode of a drama since ­official records began, figures show.

A total of 17.1 million saw the political thriller’s climax over a 28-day period.

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The finale of the political thriller had the biggest audience for a drama since 2002[/caption]

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The series is BBC iPlayer’s most successful box set[/caption]

It is the biggest audience for a non-sporting or national TV event since 2010, and the most for a drama since 2002.

The series, with Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, is also BBC iPlayer’s most successful box set, with more than 38 million requests so far.

Overnight ratings were 10.4 million after the BBC One September 23 finale.

This rose to 15.9 million after 28 days.

Viewing through PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets gave the Broadcasters’ Audience Re­search Board’s “four screen measure” of 17.1 million.

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The drama followed the relationship between policeman David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague[/caption]

The six-part series followed troubled policeman David Budd and his relationship with Home Secretary Julia Montague, who is murdered.

Creator Jed Mercurio said the public response meant the makers could “at least think about” more series.

The largest UK drama audience ever is 21.6 million for Dallas in 1980, revealing who shot JR.

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