Line of Duty tops list of Top 50 most re-watched box sets


Line of Duty, Friends and Only Fools and Horses are among the most re-watched box sets of the last 12 months.

The top 50 binge-watched TV series during lockdown also included Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, according to a study of 2,000 adults. Breaking Bad, Killing Eve and The Crown also proved popular as 64 per cent of viewers say they have watched more box sets over the last year than ever before.

And while 6:30pm was the peak time to binge-watch TV, one-quarter of adults admitted they had tuned in to their favourite show before 11am.

The findings are supported by figures released by Vodafone which show a huge increase in the amount of streaming and downloading during the pandemic, with re-bingeing box sets being one of the main drivers.

During the lockdown, which started on 23 March 2020, there was a 40 per cent increase in internet data usage, driven by schools shutting and adults moving to home-working.

And whereas the first major increase in internet traffic pre-pandemic would usually occur at 3.30pm when children returned from school, the first major increase in usage now starts from 10am.

Says Max Taylor, consumer director at Vodafone, which has launched its new Pro Broadband service:

“This study shows how we have enjoyed re-watching box sets and our favourite TV shows, and that some of us are no longer restricting box set bingeing to evenings.

“It seems many of us are quite happy to settle down to a couple of hours in front of the TV during the daytime if work allows.

It also emerged eight in 10 adults absolutely love a good box set. And six in 10 even said that that spending hours in front of their favourites has helped them get through the various restrictions of the pandemic – with four episodes in a row being the most they are likely to watch.

Three in 10 of those polled via OnePoll even admitted to guiltily watching their favourite shows during the daytime – when they should have been working.

Concludes Vodafone’s Max Taylor:

“Over the past year, the way we use our home broadband has changed significantly, with more use due to the demands of home and school working.

“In addition to that, the need for online entertainment has been at its highest ever – whether that’s tuning into box sets, Premier League matches, or gaming updates for the likes of the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

“Families now want guaranteed WiFi in every room, and pricing that isn’t eye-wateringly expensive, given the fact many are having to tighten their purse strings to cope with recent events.”


  1. Line of Duty
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Friends
  4. Breaking Bad
  5. The Crown
  6. Peaky Blinders
  7. Killing Eve
  8. Only Fools and Horses
  9. Luther
  10. The Walking Dead
  11. Schitt’s Creek
  12. Downton Abbey
  13. Sherlock
  14. The Office (UK)
  15. Dexter
  16. Prison Break
  17. The Office (US)
  18. Star Trek
  19. 24
  20. The Mandalorian
  21. Lost
  22. Fleabag
  23. Orange is the New Black
  24. The X-Files
  25. The Simpsons
  26. Ozark
  27. Better Call Saul
  28. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  29. Sons of Anarchy
  30. The Sopranos
  31. Gossip Girl
  32. Desperate Housewives
  33. Mad Men
  34. This is England
  35. Big Little Lies
  36. Futurama
  37. Bates Motel
  38. The West Wing
  39. Battlestar Galactica
  40. The Wire
  41. One Tree Hill
  42. Six Feet Under
  43. Twin Peaks
  44. The OC
  45. Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  46. Queer Eye
  47. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  48. Dawson’s Creek
  49. Will and Grace
  50. Golden Girls
Chris Price
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