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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 - including over 10 million streams for Doctor Who episodes.

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.

Top 5 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

Top 5 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

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."

Doctor Who is available on BBC iPlayer.

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