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Sky Original Production Tin Star draws in 1.7 million viewers


Sky Atlantic’s epic revenge thriller, Tin Star, starring BAFTA award-winning Tim Roth and produced by Kudos (Broadchurch, Humans and The Tunnel: Sabotage), drew in an average audience of more than 1.7 million for each of its 10 episodes. 

This ‘total programme consumption’* audience includes everyone who watched an episode ‘live’, on demand or through a linear repeat, and makes Tin Star one of Sky’s best performing original productions

Tin Star is described as one of the “best new shows to watch this season” by The Telegraph, “a cross between Twin Peaks and Breaking Bad” by Sunday Times Culture and “a tale of corruption, murder, grief and all-consuming revenge” by Red Magazine.

In order to provide customers with flexibility to watch Tin Star in a way that they like best, the entire ten-part series, which launched on September 7 2017, was made available to watch on demand as a boxset at the same time as a traditional weekly linear transmission. 

In total, more than 80% of the viewing of Tin Star to date has been made on demand. The series has had more than 16.5 million on demand views through Sky set top boxes, the Sky Go app and TV streaming service NOW TV. 

The performance of Tin Star builds on a successful year for Sky Original Productions, following record audiences for Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, as well as Sky One’s Delicious, Jamestown and Bounty Hunters. 

In 2018, there will be more than 50 Sky Original Productions on air, 24 of which are returning shows, following Sky’s commitment to increase investment in original productions by 25%.

Tin Star is penned by BAFTA award-winning writer and director Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later, The American), and follows British police chief Jim Worth (Tim Roth) and his family as they desperately try to escape a past that unleashed an act of vicious revenge. 

The thrilling, emotional and sometimes darkly comic story of a man split in two by his past and present, will continue in a second series of Tin Star, due to go into production in 2018. 

Tin Star is produced by Kudos, the makers of Broadchurch and Humans. Executive producers are Alison Jackson and Diederick Santer and both series of Tin Star are commissioned for Sky by head of drama, Anne Mensah and director of programmes for Sky entertainment UK & Ireland Zai Bennett. Both series of Tin Star are internationally distributed by Endemol Shine International and Sky Vision.

All 10 episodes of the first series of Tin Star are available to watch on demand through Sky and TV streaming service NOW TV. The trailer for Tin Star is available here.

*Total programme consumption audience measured across all broadcasts and VOD platforms; calculated by combining BARB data with Sky data:

  • BARB data for viewing captured within a traditional broadcast window
  • Sky data for viewing outside of that window, such as viewing to an episode that occurs prior to its linear broadcast on Sky Atlantic
  • A combination of BARB’s TV Player Report and Sky data, for measurement of viewing via Sky Go on non-television devices (e.g. tablets)

Notes to editors

About Sky

Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving 22.5 million customers across five countries - UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The company has annual revenues of £12.9 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with annual programming spend of over £6 billion. 

From exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime, to Sky Original Productions, Sky offers the best and broadest range of content along with the best viewing experience to suit each and every customer. Whether that’s through the multi-award winning next generation box, Sky Q, or Sky’s contract-free online streaming service, NOW TV, customers have access to the latest movies, drama, sports and kids entertainment wherever and whenever they like. This is all supported by Sky’s best in class customer service. 

Sky’s success is not just based on what the company does but how it does it. Named as one of the Top 10 Green Companies in the World by Newsweek, one of the world’s most recognised rankings of business’s environmental performance, Sky ensures its responsible business strategy is embedded right across the group.  

Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as one of The Times Top 50 employers for women. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).

About NOW TV

NOW TV is a pick and mix TV streaming service that lets you choose from a range of passes contract free. Available anytime, anywhere, you can watch through a NOW TV Box, on the web or on over 60 devices with the NOW TV app.

Whether you’re into big dramas, blockbuster movies, live sports or even just some extra TV for the kids, NOW TV offers four passes which include the latest and best TV and movies: Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Kids and Sky Sports. This includes Sky Atlantic, over 250 Box Sets on demand, all 10 Sky Sports channels and over 1,000 movies – all available with no contract

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