It looks like 2018's aesthetic of Everything Is On Fire has been good for public engagement in politics: Question Time has just been named the most-tweeted-about BBC show of the year.
The Andrew Marr Show, also about politics, took second place. Third, unsurprisingly, is Doctor Who.
The student-botherers at TV Licensing have announced a full top 20, but since it only includes the BBC, it runs out of good content quite quickly. Number 20 is something called Imagine, apparently an arts programme with Alan Yentob.
Weirdly, though, The Apprentice was all the way down at 12, just ahead of Countryfile. We suspect this is because TV Licensing used hashtags to count the tweets, and The Apprentice always ends up with about 8 different ones.
The brilliant Killing Eve was surprisingly low at 18, behind Top Of The Pops 2 (!!!) – if anyone reading this hasn't seen it yet, please sort yourself out immediately.
Here's the list:
1. Question Time
2. The Andrew Marr Show
3. Doctor Who
4. Daily Politics
5. The Eurovision Song Contest
8. BBC Breakfast
9. Strictly Come Dancing
10. Victoria Derbyshire
11. Sunday Politics
12. The Apprentice
14. Politics Live
16. Top of the Pops 2
18. Killing Eve
19. The One Show
Question Time recently announced that its new host will be Fiona Bruce, after the retirement of one-man institution David Dimbleby. We love Fiona, but were a little sad not to see Dimblebot get the gig.
TV Licensing's Michael Collins paused iPlayer to comment:
"Throughout 2018, unmissable TV moments have united fans, sparked debate and compelled viewers to join the conversation on social media, with watching and tweeting going hand in hand as part of the viewing routine."
How insightful. [BBC]