Most-watched TV programs in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

With England’s most successful World Cup campaign since 1990, it is somewhat unsurprising that the most viewed TV programs during 2018 included England’s road to the World Cup semifinals against Croatia. A total of 20.7 million UK individuals tuned in to watch Croatia beat England on the 11th of July. Worldwide, a combined viewership of 3.57 billion people watched the Russia World Cup. World Cup games accounted for seven of the top ten most viewed TV programs during 2018.

TV audiences

UK adults aged over 65 years watched on average almost six hours of television per day, more than three times as much viewed by those aged between 16 and 24 years. The total average time spent watching television in the UK has fallen between 2011 and 2017. The favorite genres of the British public include drama, entertainment and documentaries.

Leading stations

As of the first quarter of 2019, BBC 1 had a reach of approximately 56 million viewers, over four million more than the next most popular station Channel 4. Unsurprisingly, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had the highest audience share of UK TV broadcasters.

Most-watched TV programs in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018

Program (date)Audience in millions
Fifa World Cup: Croatia vs England (July 11)20.73
Fifa World Cup: Sweden vs England (July 07)17.4
Fifa World Cup: Columbia vs England (July 03)17.22
Fifa World Cup: Tunisia vs England (June 18)16.87
Bodyguard (September 23)14.34
I'm a Celebrity..... (November 18)13.69
Fifa World Cup: England vs Belgium (June 28)13.64
Fifa World Cup: England vs Panama (June 24)12.89
Strictly come dancing (December 15)12.86
Fifa World Cup: France vs Belgium (June 10)12.68
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Release date

April 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

January to December 2018

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