The Doctor Blake Mysteries is the most finished series on BBC One-a bigger hit than Bodyguard and Line of Duty!
This study is based on analysis of viewing data of British broadcasters from BARB, an industry body that measures who, where and how people are watching TV.
Mammoth budgets, A-list actors and nail-biting plot twists are now prerequisites for a binge-worthy television series.
But in the battle for eyeballs, the BBC has found an unlikely champion in an Australian period drama fronted by a former soap star.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries– starring former Neighbours heart-throb Craig McLachlan-has emerged as the most finished series on BBC One since 2018.
The ABC Australian drama that the BBC started airing in 2013 beat Jed Mercurio dramas Bodyguard and Line of Duty, which came in second and third place respectively.
Media consultancy Enders Analusis reached the conclusion by examining the series that viewers actually complete after turning into the first episode.
Tom Harrington, a senior TV analyst at Enders who co-wrote the report , said despite being an episodic drama aired in the afternoon, the rate at which viewers continued watching Doctor Blake proved its quality compared with primetime dramas with much bigger budgets.