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BBC iPlayer is on track for over 6 billion streams in 2021 - its best year ever.

Dan McGolpin, director of BBC iPlayer and channels, says: “It’s been an incredible year for BBC iPlayer with a unique mix of programmes driving more viewing than ever before. Line Of Duty tops the tables and it’s fantastic to see so many other brand-new drama series also featuring highly alongside those memorable sporting moments from last summer and some of the best documentary series of the year...

"Of course, the year’s not over yet and BBC iPlayer has something for everyone this Christmas, brand new boxsets like The Girl Before, A Very British Scandal and Around the World in 80 Days, a thrilling selection of blockbuster movies and an unrivalled collection of Christmas specials both past and present.”

Biggest iPlayer titles of 2021

  1. Line Of Duty - 137.1m streams

  2. Olympics - 90.2m streams

  3. Pretty Little Liars - 79.9m streams

  4. Euro2020 - 68.2m streams

  5. Silent Witness - 62.3m stream

  6. Waterloo Road - 45.3m streams

  7. Doctor Who - 41.8m streams

  8. Death In Paradise - 39.7m streams

  9. The Serpent - 35.4m streams

  10. RuPaul's Drag Race UK - 33.3m streams

Top episodes per programme so far in 2021

  1. Line Of Duty (S6E1) - 9.2m streams

  2. Vigil (E1) - 8.0m streams

  3. Time (E1) - 7.3m streams

  4. The Serpent (E1) - 6.3m

  5. Euro 2020 Final - 6.0m streams

  6. Bloodlands (E1) - 5.1m streams

  7. The Pact (E1) - 4.7m

  8. Traces (E1) - 4.4m

  9. A Perfect Planet (Volcano) - 3.7m

  10. Forensics: The Real CSI (S2) - 3.6m

The consolidated figure is an average audience volume which includes viewing live and up to 28 days after its initial broadcast via a TV. This can include iPlayer if viewing occurred through a TV. Excluding continuing series like EastEnders, news and children’s content


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