TV – Guinness World Records

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Wildlife documentary Planet Earth II required 117 separate filming expeditions, with 2,089 days spent in the field.






The CW’s The Flash boasted 3.1 million “demand expressions” per day in 2016, according to Parrot Analytics. This data science company measures worldwide audience demand for TV content across streaming sites, social media and traditional viewing channels.

The most popular TV show in 2016 was Game of Thrones, with a global average of 7,191,848 daily demand expressions.


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Most Emmy Awards won by an individual

Producer Sheila Nevins (USA), president of HBO Documentary Films, has won 32 Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2016, she took home the Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking award for Jim: The James Foley Story, a biography of the US war correspondent.

Nevins also shares the record for the most Emmy Award nominations received by an individual – 74, along with camera operator Hector Ramirez (USA).

Most Primetime Emmy Awards for a TV series

NBC’s long-running sketch comedy institution Saturday Night Live took home its 50th award at the 2016 ceremony, when co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Saturday Night Live has received a total of 209 nominations – the most Primetime Emmy nominations for a TV series.

Most Emmy Awards for a drama series

On 18 Sep 2016, HBO’s fantasy drama series Game of Thrones (USA) won Emmy awards for Best Writing, Best Directing and Best Drama, bringing its all-time total to 38. This is also the most Emmy Awards for a fictional series.

Buoyed by hits such as Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, in 2015 HBO received the most Primetime Emmy Award nominations for a network in a single year – 126.

Most pirated TV programme

Download monitoring website TorrentFreak declared Game of Thrones to be the most illegaNy downloaded TV show for the fifth year running. At its peak, the finale of season 6, which aired on 26 Jun 2016, was being shared across 350,000 torrents simultaneously.

In second and third place were AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Westworld (both USA), respectively.

Longest-running sports TV programme with the same presenter

Hosted by Juan Carlos Tapia Rodriguez (PAN), Panamanian boxing show Lo Mejor del Boxeo had run for 41 years 334 days as of 8 Dec 2016.

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Highest annual earnings for a reality TV star

According to Forbes, Kim Kardashian West (USA) earned $51 m (£34.9 m) from 1 Jun 2015 to 1 Jun 2016. Some 40% of her income came from her mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, which made $71.8 m (£48.4 m) in 2015 alone.

Highest-ever annual earnings for a TV personality

Between Jun 2009 and Jun 2010, Oprah Winfrey (USA) earned an estimated $275 m (£189.5 m) thanks to her magazine, radio contract, production company Harpo and the debut of the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The highest-ever annual earnings for a TV personality (male) is $95 m (£62.4 m), a record shared by reality TV judge Simon Cowell (UK) and radio personality Howard Stern (USA) in the 12 months leading up to Jun 2013.

Most prolific science-fiction TV series (by episode)

On 29 Apr 2017, the 819th episode of Doctor Who (BBC, UK) was aired. This total encompasses the original run of 694 episodes from 1963 to 1989 and the modern series that returned in 2005, but does not include specials or the 1996 TV movie.

The youngest Doctor Who was Matt Smith (UK, b. 28 Oct 1982), who was 26 years old when he filmed his first scenes as the Time Lord.

The oldest Doctor Who was William Hartnell (UK, b. 8 Jan 1908), who played the part aged 57 years old and reprised the role for a 10th-anniversary special in 1973, aged 65 years.

In terms of TV shows, the most prolific Doctor Who was Tom Baker (UK), who starred in 173 episodes (seasons 12-18) from 1974 to 1981, more than any other actor to play the part. A former monk, Baker was working on a building site when he received the call from the BBC.

Most spin-off fiction books inspired by a TV show

There have been more than 600 novelizations and original Doctor Who stories, with a further 120-plus set in the same universe.



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Sir David Attenborough (UK) made his television debut on Zoo Quest (BBC UK, inset) in 1954, and presented Planet Earth II (BBC UK, above) in 2017, a total of 63 years later. The naturalist has won BAFTA awards for programmes in black and white, colour, HD and 3D.

The longest-running TV show with the same presenter is The Sky at Night (BBC UK), which was hosted by the astronomer Sir Patrick Moore (UK) for 55 years from its first edition in 1957 to Moore’s death on 9 Dec 2012.


As of 22 Sep 2016, the top four male earners on US TV were the male leads of The Big Bang Theory: Jim Parsons ($25.5 m; £19.6 m); Johnny Galecki ($24 m; £18.4 m); Simon Helberg ($22.5 m; £17.3 m, all USA); and Kunal Nayyar (IND/USA, b. UK, $22 m; £16.9 m). Co-star Kaley Cuoco (USA) was the second highest-paid female television star, with $24.5 m (£18.8 m), behind Sofia Vergara (see below left). The combined earnings of these actors alone push The Big Bang Theory’s wage bill beyond the $100-m (£79.7-m) mark.


The 10 episodes of the first season of Netflix’s lavish drama The Crown (2016) cost a widely reported $130 m (£105.6 m). The series follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy) from the 1940s to the present day. Based in part on writer Peter Morgan’s 2013 stage play The Audience, the series reunited many of the creative team behind the Oscar-winning film The Queen (UK/USA/DEU/FRA, 2006), which starred Helen Mirren as the eponymous monarch.


Modern Family star Sofia Vergara (COL) was the topearning TV actress for the fifth year in a row, with an estimated income of $43 m (£29.4 m) in the 12 months leading up to 1 Jun 2016, according to Forbes. This was a significant increase from the estimated $28.5 m (£18.6 m) Vergara earned in 2014-15.


Invisible, a sci-fi series that tells the story of the Ashlands, a powerful New York City family with a supernatural gift, is described by its producers as “the first major scripted series designed for 360-degree virtual reality”. Each episode was filmed using a static 360° VR camera (pictured above, on the table), submerging the viewer in a full panoramic experience. Co-directed by Doug Liman (inset), Invisible’s first season consisted of five six-minute episodes and was made available for the Samsung VR platform in 2016.


In the 12 months leading up to 1 Jun 2016, TV star, actress and host of her own self-titled chat show Ellen DeGeneres (USA) earned an estimated $75 m (£51.3 m), according to Forbes.

The highest annual earnings for a TV personality (male, current) is $88 m (£60.2 m), earned by Dr Phil McGraw (USA).

► highest-rated


The fourth season of SundanceTV’s drama Rectify debuted on 26 Oct 2016, garnering a Metacritic rating of 99 out of 100 and a    ‘

viewer rating of 8.8. The show follows the struggles of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who returns home after 19 years having been wrongly imprisoned for murder.

The highest-rated TV series (ever) is Breaking Bad:

Season 5 (2012), with a Metacritic score of 99 and a viewer rating of 9.6.


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