Mr Bates vs. the Post Office is now ITV’s biggest new drama in over a decade, beating the launch of Downton Abbey in 2010.

The ITV Studios and Little Gem series has now averaged 9.8m viewers across its four episodes, including 7 day viewing across all devices plus pre-TX viewing.

Including post-7 day viewing, the first three episodes have now all been watched by over 10.6m viewers, with the launch currently averaging 10.9m after ten days of catch up.

The series, including the documentary, has had 16.6m streams so far on ITVX.

It is the biggest drama across all channels since Line of Duty series 6 on BBC One in 2021 and the biggest new drama across all channels since Bodyguard on BBC One in 2018 and it is ITV’s biggest drama since Broadchurch in 2017.

Jon Creamer

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