The initial instalment of BBC One’s “Planet Earth III,” featuring Sir David Attenborough as the presenter, has garnered a consolidated viewership of 10.6 million over a period of 28 days. This achievement positions it among the highest-rated programmes of the year, spanning all genres. It is surpassed only by The Coronation programming (Ceremony, Concert, and Celebration), Eurovision, and Happy Valley.

Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, said: “These extraordinary figures are a testament to the hard work and dedication of BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, who continue to find the most thrilling wildlife stories on earth. Alongside Wild Isles* from Silverback Films, which was also a huge success earlier this year, these numbers show that there’s an undiminished appetite for quality Natural History programming on the BBC. I’m excited to see how audiences respond to new series Big Cats 24/7, Mammals, and Asia which are all set to launch next year.”

Wild Isles achieved a 28-day consolidated series average of 8.2 million viewers, with the first episode securing a 28-day consolidated figure of 10.5 million.