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BBC iPlayer has seen its best quarter on record with over 1.7 billion streams in the first three months of the year.

The first quarter of 2021 saw a number of records broken on iPlayer:

  • As well as being the biggest quarter on record, January is now iPlayer’s most successful month, with 652 million streams,

  • The first full week of that month (4-10 January) was the biggest week ever, with 163 million streams.

  • 10 January is iPlayer’s best single day with programmes streamed 26 million times - driven partly by four very popular third round FA Cup matches streaming live on iPlayer, including Marine v Tottenham Hotspur.

The top performing episodes per series on iPlayer between January and March 2021 are:

(Rank - Title - Episode - Streams)

  1. The Serpent (E1) - 5,892,000

  2. Line Of Duty (S6E1) - 3,621,000

  3. Bloodlands (E1) - 3,602,000

  4. Traces (E1) - 3,458,000

  5. A Perfect Planet (E1) - 3,324,000

  6. Katie Price: Harvey And Me (E1) - 2,833,000

  7. EastEnders (01 January 21) - 2,526,000

  8. Forensics: The Real CSI (S2E1) - 1,985,000

  9. Death In Paradise (S10E1) - 1,952,000

  10. The Terror (Go For Broke) - 1,942,000

Dan McGolpin, Director, BBC iPlayer and Channels says: “BBC iPlayer is getting more viewing than ever in 2021 thanks to new must-watch series like The Serpent and Bloodlands, returning big hitters like Line of Duty and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK plus a broad range of box sets now available including Pretty Little Liars, Spiral and Not Going Out. It’s not just the amount to choose from which is improving but the look and feel of iPlayer has also been changing with more innovations coming soon.”


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