David Attenborough’s ‘Planet Earth II’ Watched by 10.6 Million Brits

Leo Barraclough
Variety

The latest installment in the BBC’s nature series “Planet Earth II,” narrated by David Attenborough, nabbed a 40.2% share of the U.K. audience on Sunday with 10.6 million homo sapiens tuning in from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The show’s second episode, which was devoted to mountain dwellers like snow leopards, grizzly bears and golden eagles, was up almost 1.5 million on its debut last week, when creatures living on remote islands were the stars. Next week it looks at jungle life.

Attenborough, 90, is one of Britain’s most beloved, well-known, and respected public figures, and has been working for the BBC off and on for more than 60 years. The first “Planet Earth” series was broadcast in 2006.

Sunday’s season opener for ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here,” which aired 9 p.m. to 10.45 p.m., was another of the evening’s 800-pound gorillas with an audience of 10.7 million, delivering a 45.3% share in its timeslot. This performance bested the 9.8 million (44.1%) that watched last season’s opener and 2014’s 10.3 million (42.2%).

But waltzing away with the ratings crown Sunday night was BBC1’s “Strictly Come Dancing,” the format that spawned “Dancing with the Stars,” with 10.9 million viewers and a 45% share from 7.15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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