BBC iPLAYER BREAKS RECORDS FOR FESTIVE FORTNIGHT STREAMS

BBC iPlayer broke records for viewing this Christmas, with iPlayer seeing 245 million streams (excluding Sky catch-up services) over the holidays (21 December 2020 – 3 January 2021) - up by 16 per cent on the ‘festive fortnight’ last year.



There were also 7.93 million unique browsers on New Year’s Day - breaking the record for unique browsers visiting iPlayer in a single day. This beats the 7.8 million set on 31 October 2020 - when further lockdown restrictions in England were announced.


The top 20 individual episodes over the festive fortnight:

  1. EastEnders (25/12) - 1,524,000

  2. Call The Midwife (25/12) - 1,487,000

  3. Spider-Man: Homecoming (22/12) - 1,459,000

  4. Black Narcissus - 1,322,000

  5. The Serpent - 1,019,000

  6. Mrs Brown's Boys - 962,000

  7. Doctor Who: Revolution Of The Daleks - 941,000

  8. Strictly Come Dancing (25/12) - 883,000

  9. Gavin & Stacey (24/12) - 832,000

  10. Alicia Keys Rocks New Year's Eve (Part 1) - 799,000

  11. The Queen (25/12) - 797,000

  12. Happy New Year! Live - 780,000

  13. Zog And The Flying Doctors - 775,000

  14. Match Of The Day - 741,000

  15. His Dark Materials (S2E7) - 643,000

  16. Ghosts - 634,000

  17. Celebrity Sewing Bee - 619,000

  18. Dunkirk - 619,000

  19. Have I Got News For You - 609,000

  20. Motherland Christmas Special - 589,000


Overall, EastEnders was the most watched programme over the festive fortnight on BBC iPlayer with a total of 13,852,000 streams. Doctor Who came in at eleventh on that list with a total 2,425,000 streams.