David Attenborough delighted that Planet Earth II gets more young viewers than X Factor

David Attenborough, one of the most beloved men on television, is celebrating the recent success of Planet Earth II, which has been received with almost universal acclaim and praise.

Using state of the art filming techniques, BBC’s Planet Earth has set the bar for nature documentaries, helped greatly in part by the presence of David Attenborough, who has been a prominent figure within the corporation for over 50 years.

In a report from the BBC, it was shown that the audience demographic is a broad one, with many young people choosing it over some of the more throwaway options available.

More young people are tuning in to Sir David Attenborough’s BBC One natural history programme Planet Earth II than ITV’s X Factor, viewing figures show.

ITV said the Sunday evening episodes of X Factor received an average of 1.4 million viewers aged 16-34.

That is 100,000 fewer than the series average for the same age group for the BBC’s Planet Earth II.

“I’m told we are attracting a larger than normal number of younger viewers,” Sir David told the Radio Times.

“Apparently the music of Hans Zimmer in particular is striking a chord with the young. And that pleases me enormously.”

Planet Earth II goes head-to-head with the X Factor Results programme at 20:00 on Sunday evenings.

In total, The X Factor Results show is watched by around 7 million people per week, while Planet Earth II attracts more than 12 million.

ITV pointed out that while the number of younger viewers watching The X Factor was lower, they accounted for a larger proportion of the show’s total audience.

Colin J McCracken

My Good Planet Director, Colin J McCracken, is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the platform and ethos of the project. Contact: [email protected]