The BBC has revealed that the first episode of Line Of Duty series five is the most-watched programme on British TV this year, attracting 13.2 million viewers.
The first four episodes of the series attracted larger audiences than any other programme, averaging 10.6 million viewers.
Episode five received the highest ever overnight figure for Line Of Duty, with an average of 7.9 million and peak of 8.3 million viewers.
Line Of Duty showrunner Jed Mercurio said: “We’re thrilled and flattered by the amazing response to this series of Line Of Duty.
“On behalf of the whole production, I want to thank our viewers for their fantastic loyalty, and World Productions and the BBC for their unstinting support.”
World Productions executive producer Simon Heath added: “It’s testament to Jed’s brilliant writing and the best cast on British TV that the audience for Line Of Duty has grown bigger with every series.”
The final episode of the series airs on Sunday 5th May.