David Attenboroughs Planet Earth II becomes mostwatched nature show

first_imgOn Sunday night, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here was watched by an average of 10.7 million with a 45 per cent share in the 9pm slot.Strictly Come Dancing’s results show, broadcast at 7.15pm, claimed an average of 10.8 million viewers and a slightly smaller audience share in the time slot at 44.7 per cent according to overnight data.The second episode of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II at 8pm won an average of 10.6 million viewers. Sir David Attenborough this week picked up an Evening Standard award for his work in broadcasting, telling an audience he was delighted at the modern trend for explainer segments at the end of each episode which finally gave cameramen the credit they deserved. Planet Earth II is now the highest performing title of 2016 so far across all television, following The Great British Bake Off,  Britain’s Got Talent and the final of Euro 2016. The debut episode of Planet Earth II has become the most-watched natural history documentary in more than 15 years after the BBC called on a Hollywood composer and high-stakes chase to shed light on the animal kingdom.Last week’s episode has now racked up 12.26 million views, absorbing 40.9 per cent of the television viewing public.It comprehensively beat the nearest natural history contender under the modern system of measuring of viewing figures: episode two of Frozen Planet at 9.72m in 2011. A mountain Viscacha basks in the warming rays of the early morning sunCredit:BBC A mountain Viscacha baska in the warming rays of the early morning sun A mother pygmy three-toed sloth cradles her baby in her arms Credit:BBC The Galapagos racer snakes, which left viewers terrifiedCredit:BBC Planet Earth II, which employed Hans Zimmer to compose a film-worthy soundtrack, has already beaten Blue Planet in 2001, the first series of Planet Earth in 2006 and Frozen Planet in 2011.Viewers have exclaimed and complained in equal measure about its captivating scenes, including a chase scene featuring a pack of snakes and a brutal mating scene between snow leopards. A mother pygmy three-toed sloth cradles her baby in her arms  The Galapagos racer snakes, which left viewers terrified Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img