BBC Three reveals Normal People has officially become most-watched show ever

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BBC Three has revealed the drama series that has become their most-watched show ever.

It’s no surprise that the extraordinarily-received Normal People (opens in new tab) has topped the BBC Three charts when it comes to the channel’s most-watched show ever.

The gripping romance that follows young couple Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) as they navigate through the peaks and troughs of life and relationships has been at the forefront of everyone’s TV discussions since it hit screens back at the end of April.

The BBC adaptation, which is based on Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel of the same name, has been amazingly-received by audiences (opens in new tab) both young and old for its subtle and realistically bittersweet portrayal of relationships and life’s missed opportunities.

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And now just over a month after the series first aired on BBC Three, it has been revealed that the show’s first episode has been viewed on 6.75 million devices, making it the most-watched show in the channel’s history.

Previously touching on the success of the drama, BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell said, “We’re delighted that Normal People has been such a success and so many people have come to iPlayer to watch it.

“From the initial read-through, the phenomenal thought and preparation the directors put into everything from the aesthetics and locations through to the costumes, we felt this incredible piece would always be unique, and it’s clear the audience thinks so too.

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“It’s a modern masterpiece which has helped in catapulting the careers of two brilliant young actors, and we’re looking forward to bringing more drama to BBC Three in the future.”

Just days after it launched the show broke BBC Three’s record for most-streamed show on iPlayer (opens in new tab), dethroning crime thriller Killing Eve, which had previously held the spot

And now because of the show’s success, the team is aiming to adapt another one of Sally Rooney’s hit novels (opens in new tab), Conversations with Friends.

We can’t wait until that one hits screens!

Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is acting deputy editor for My Imperfect Life, where she looks after the beauty, fashion and eCommerce pages. Previously she was a writer for woman&home and gained an AOP awards nomination after working on their news team. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including, Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. When she’s not testing new products, Aleesha spends her time soaking up the newest bestsellers and Netflix releases, exploring different wines, attempting new languages and has been known to be a bit of a jet setter, after spending a year living in Madrid.