Channel 4’s Kiri is already one of the best dramas of 2018, and it seems a LOT of people were watching it too.
In fact, so many tuned in to the Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) murder series that it has already become the most-watched drama in the channel’s history.
C4 have released the stats, revealing that Kiri was watched on average by 4.9 million viewers with an 18.7% audience share (including on catch-up). That was up average of 2.1 million who watched the show go out live, and it has become the biggest ever drama on All4, taking in half a million views per episode.
That beats the previous record-holder, Humans, which took in a consolidated audience of 4.7 million.
“Dramas like Kiri – British, topical, complex and illuminating – are exactly the kind of dramas we want to make at Channel 4 and we are thrilled that they’re able to find such a huge and engaged audience,” said C4’s head of drama Beth Willis.
“We are honoured that the brilliant Jack Thorne, The Forge and the astonishing cast felt that Channel 4 was the right home for this thoughtful and gripping drama.”
The show tells the fictionalised story of a 9-year-old girl who is seemingly abducted before she’s about to be adopted.
While the show has received general acclaim, it has sparked some criticism from social workers over the portrayal of troubled social worker Miriam Grayson (Sarah Lancashire), who makes the mistake of letting Kiri have an unsupervised visit from her grandfather before her disappearance.