The BBC’s catch up service saw a record Christmas with over 145 million requests for programmes in December which breaks its own record for the third month in a row. Top of the requests on the iPlayer was Top Gear, The Apprentice and EastEnders dominating the requests in December.
The BBC’s catch up service saw a record Christmas with over 145 million requests for programmes in December which breaks its own record for the third month in a row. Top of the requests on the iPlayer was Top Gear with two specials being viewed over 1.3 million times! New data released by the BBC also reveal that the iPlayer on Sony’s Playstation 3 format received 7 million requests with 23.9 million from Virgin Media users.
“These figures are a fantastic way to start the new year and I’m looking forward to building on these while we continue to evolve and improve BBC iPlayer. In December we saw huge growth of BBC iPlayer on game consoles, connected TVs, and mobiles phones. We’re seeing impressive audience appreciation for our TV and mobile experiences, and I anticipate that growth on these devices will significantly outpace traditional BBC iPlayer use in 2011.” – Daniel Danker, General Manager, Programmes and On Demand
So what television programmes were users requesting on the iPlayer on December? As mentioned Top Gear’s two specials in December were the most requested programmes followed by two editions of The Apprentice. In fifth place was the first episode of Matt Lucas and David Williams new mockumentary series Come Fly With Me. The Apprentice then occupies two further places with Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol occupying 8th place. The finale of The Apprentice occupies the 9th place while EastEnders Christmas Day edition is the 10th most requested programmer on the iPlayer. In all the BBC soap occupies 8 of the top 20 requested programmes in December.