Published November 13, 2017

Sir David Attenborough Breaks The Chinese Internet

Suck it Kardashians

By Tom Miller

We thought the recent crappy internet services had something to do with Xi’s National Congress or even pisswizard DJ Trump turning up on these here shores. But no. According to reports, it was actually Sir David Attenborough being too popular!


The BBC have released official viewership figures for the first two episodes of their sensational series Blue Planet II. Sir David Attenborough could be the most viewed creature on Earth after these figures revealed 80 million viewers watched the new Blue Planet series in China alone. Wow. Not only were the initial viewings mammoth in number, but the brilliant documentary was downloaded so many times by Chinese viewers it actually slowed down the country's internet connection.




Interestingly, China has always been a little on the…hush hush side of things when it’s come to environmental issues. Remember when Disney film WALL.E came out and it was banned because it highlighted the problems of pollution. Anyway, despite China’s historical approach to the environment, this series, which highlights the threat humans pose to our oceans has become a massive success. 




Comments on Weibo were rife; Muhou Jun, a Beijing film blogger with 4 million viewers said, “I watched with my mouth hanging open. Blue Planet contains a profound humanistic appeal to protect our environment." And who can resist Sir David’s sultry tones?! Fankucha Zhendi with 1.4 million followers posted, "I’ve been crying all the time... it's just so beautiful."


China’s previous BBC favorites include Luther, Sherlock and Doctor Who. However, the stunning success of Blue Planet II means it could overtake all of them. Kelvin Yau, BBC Worldwide's manager for China said, “With the fast growth of cities, many Chinese, especially younger generations, want to reconnect with the natural world”.


Just to put this figure into proportion, in Britain the first two programs have each attracted around 14 million viewers.


Related:  Hong Kong Replaces BBC World Service With Chinese State Radio