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Blue Planet II basically broke China's internet

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 14/11/2017 Rianne Houghton

Blue Planet II has been so popular, it slowed China's internet to a crawl © Getty Images Blue Planet II has been so popular, it slowed China's internet to a crawl There's no debating that Sir David Attenborough is a national treasure, but it turns out he might be a global one, too. (Well if anyone deserves such an accolade, it's David.)

Because it's not just British viewers who have been completely captivated by the naturalist's latest documentary, Blue Planet II – it's Chinese audiences, as well.

Apparently broadcasting's answer to Kim Kardashian West, Attenborough has managed to pretty much break the internet over in China. Now that's impressive.

underwater view of a coral © Provided by Digital Spy According to The Times, so many viewers tuned in to watch Blue Planet II's latest episode on the Tencent Video online channel that the country's internet slowed down to a crawl.

It's believed that around 80 million viewers have watched the first two episodes of Blue Planet's sequel so far, dwarfing the UK's equally brilliant ratings of 14 million viewers each.

Last night's (November 12) instalment of the series explored the ocean's coral reefs, revealing that almost half of the world's reefs have been affected by bleaching, threatening their existence.

Understandably, viewers were left feeling both awestruck and devastated, with many lamenting that human nature is to blame for the destruction of such an "amazing and beautiful place".

© Provided by Digital Spy 'Blue Planet sometimes feels like a love letter to a dying planet,' one user wrote.

Happy Monday, everyone.

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