The BBC has revealed iPlayer figures, proving that Killing Eve season 2 has already been a runaway success with fans.
The new season – which dropped on iPlayer on Saturday evening, after the first episode debuted on BBC One – has been requested 2.6m times in the first 36 hours of it being available.
Episode 1 alone has been requested 864,000 times – up 79 percent on the season 1 opener – and peaked when 3.7m people tuned in to watch it when it aired live at 9:15PM.
Stream if you wanna go faster! The BBC has revealed iPlayer figures, proving that Killing Eve season 2 has already been a runaway success with fans
Fans didn’t waste any time on Saturday night when it came to binge-watching the rest of the season; BBC iPlayer data shows that 18,000 people signed into their BBC accounts and raced through the full box set – already completing the whole run of new episodes.
The first season of Killing Eve remains the BBC’s biggest ever box set, with 53m requests since it first arrived in September last year.
And, in the past weekend alone, the same season has seen more than 676,000 requests, as existing fans reminded themselves of events ahead of the new series and new viewers decided to check out the hype.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, said: ‘We know people loved the first series of Killing Eve and so it’s no surprise audiences have flocked to series two.
Runaway hit: The new season – which dropped on iPlayer on Saturday evening, after the first episode debuted on BBC One – has been requested 2.6m times in the first 36 hours of it being available
‘The first episode of the second series is already on track to be one of our biggest episodes ever and we expect it to keep on growing.
‘And it’s amazing to see that 18,000 people haven’t been able to stop themselves from bingeing the whole second series!’
Fans of the drama had a painfully long wait for season 2 to come to the UK – with it airing first in America weeks ago.
And so they were rejoicing on Saturday night when it finally returned to screens on BBC One for the first time since last spring with a new episode, titled Do You Know How To Dispose Of A Body?
Back with a bang! Viewers rejoiced on Saturday night when Killing Eve finally returned to screens on BBC One for the first time since last spring with a new episode
Viewers were overjoyed to learn that the complete season 2 was available to immediately stream on iPlayer – a treat for those who have been waiting patiently for the drama to return.
While fans can choose to watch weekly on a Saturday evening, many decided there was no time like the present.
One tweeted, on hearing the BBC announcer revealing the rest of the season was now live: ‘S2ep1 of killing eve airs on live tv and the rest of season 2 will be on iplayer straight after. Me: cool I’ll watch the first episode and watch the rest tomorrow. *watches first episode*. Me: time to not sleep and watch the whole of s2 instead.’
‘Guys, guys… I was expecting a slow weekly drip feed of Killing Eve series 2, but it’s all on iPlayer. Thank you BBC!! Episode 1 set the scene and now I have questions that need answering,’ a second posted.
Oh, snap! Fans couldn’t contain their horror when, near the end of the episode, Villanelle [Jodie Comer, pictured] suddenly snapped the neck of a young boy who flippantly expressed that he wished he was dead
Brutal! The Twitter reaction to the neck snap was rife
A third typed: ‘BBC have added every episode of season 2 of Killing Eve to iPlayer so we we can binge on the whole season, absolute huns! That’s my weekend sorted…’
‘Wow it’s taking a lot of willpower not to binge the rest of #KillingEve,’ another posted, trying not to wane to temptation.
Fans couldn’t contain their horror when, near the end of the episode, Villanelle [played by Jodie Comer] suddenly snapped the neck of a young boy [Pierre Atri] who flippantly expressed that he wished he was dead.
‘That bit with the neck? Whoah. Vintage,’ one person tweeted.
Classic: ‘That bit with the neck? Whoah. Vintage,’ one person tweeted
30 seconds later…: The episode saw Eve heading back to London in a daze
Followed by: ‘How can Villanelle break a kid’s neck and still be my favourite character in TV history.’
A third penned: ‘SHE JUST SNAP CRACKLED AND POPPED HIS NECK.’
Another wrote: ‘Absolutely shook from Villenelle snapping his neck and how come she looks so great in a superhero onesie?’
‘Villanelle snapping that boy’s neck is the single greatest act of human kindness ever,’ another enthused, as someone else tweeted: ‘She broke his neck!!! Just screamed the house down!!’
Binge-watchers! Fans flocked to iPlayer to watch the rest of the season after a mammoth wait… and hailed the neck snap moment as epic
‘I keep wanting Villanelle to show a glimpse of humanity or have a heart, and I think she just might… then she breaks the kids neck,’ came another tweet.
The episode picked up exactly 30 seconds after the first season’s concluding moments, when Eve [Sandra Oh] stabbed Villanelle, decided to save her and then realised she had escaped.
The episode charted what follows, with Eve heading back to London in a daze while Villanelle manages to get to hospital for treatment, under the guise that she has been hit by a car.
Saving herself? Villanelle manages to get to hospital for treatment, under the guise that she has been hit by a car
You’re hired! The episode saw Eve being re-hired by Carolyn [Fiona Shaw] to hunt Villanelle
I’m coming for you! Villanelle escaped the hospital and stowed away in a family’s car as they traveled on the ferry from Calais back to England
It’s here that she ‘befriends’ the boy in the bed next to her’s, whose family have died in a car crash that he survived but has been left half blind and horribly scarred by.
Villanelle appears to comfort the child at one point but, when he says he wishes he had died too, she snaps his neck and leaves him, dead, in the bed.
The episode saw Eve being re-hired by Carolyn [Fiona Shaw] to hunt Villanelle, while the hitwoman escaped the hospital and stowed away in a family’s car as they traveled on the ferry from Calais back to England.