Lord Hall said more Britons had watched the finale of Bodyguard in four weeks than saw The Crown in nearly one and a half years.
The director-general told a media conference that the final episode of BBC’s hit political thriller reached 17 million viewers in a month, while ‘our data suggests The Crown… reached seven million users in the UK in 17 months’.
The Bodyguard, which starred Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes (pictured) proved to be a significant success for the BBC, with an audience of 10.4 million watching the series finale live
The series – which starred Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden – is one of the most-watched BBC dramas of all time.
Netflix, which has ten million subscribers in the UK, does not release any viewing figures and yesterday said it did not recognise Lord Hall’s ratings for The Crown.
The streaming platform is expected to release a third season of The Crown, starring Olivia Colman as the Queen, later this year.
Neflix original The Crown, based on the life of the Royal Family, have proved popular with audiences and critics but audience figures have not been released by Netflix