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The BBC have revealed that iPlayer set a new record for the number of streams made over the festive period in 2023.

That week saw programmes streamed a record-breaking 177m times, up +7% on the same time the year before – and beating the previous record (2-8 Jan 23) when 173m programmes were streamed in a week.

EastEnders was also the top title on iPlayer (26.28m streams) for the ‘festive fortnight’. Vigil (10.96m), Doctor Who (from 2005 onwards) (10.01m), Mrs Brown's Boys (4.64m), Death in Paradise (3.98m), Gavin & Stacey (3.96m), Call the Midwife (3.85m) and Ghosts (3.82m) also made the top ten.

New Year’s Day had its best day (during a ‘festive fortnight’) ever – with programmes streamed a record 29.8m times on iPlayer. Christmas week saw a massive 16.5m BBC accounts signed into to watch programmes on BBC iPlayer - up +5% on the same time the year before 

Top streamed episodes on iPlayer over Christmas:

  1. EastEnders (25/12/23) - 2.96m

  2. Vigil (Series 2 Episode 6) - 2.19m

  3. Rick Astley New Year (Part 1) - 2.02m

  4. Call The Midwife (25/12/23) - 2.01m

  5. Doctor Who (The Church On Ruby Road) - 1.79m

  6. Murder Is Easy (Episode 1) - 1.52m

  7. Death In Paradise (Christmas special) - 1.45m

  8. Match Of The Day (23/12/23) - 1.36m

  9. Mrs Brown's Boys (Christmas special) - 1.34m

  10. Strictly Come Dancing (Christmas special) - 1.16m

Top streamed programme brands on iPlayer over Christmas:

  1. EastEnders - 26.28m

  2. Vigil - 10.96

  3. Bluey - 10.42m

  4. Hey Duggee - 10.12m

  5. Doctor Who (2005-) - 10.01m

  6. Mrs Brown's Boys - 4.64m

  7. Death In Paradise - 3.98m

  8. Gavin & Stacey - 3.96m

  9. Call The Midwife - 3.85m

  10. Ghosts - 3.82m

Dan McGolpin, Director of BBC iPlayer and Channels says: "It’s wonderful to see that viewers came to BBC iPlayer in record numbers over the festive period. Nowhere else would they have found the same range of high-quality British programming to keep them gripped, make them laugh or to provide companionship and news at that special time....

"And with a whole host of compelling drama, comedy, factual programming, entertainment and sport landing on iPlayer in 2024, viewers can look forward to a great year ahead."

All of the titles mentioned above are available on BBC iPlayer.


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