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BBC iPlayer breaks new record of 100 million requests

  • BBC iPlayer breaks 100 million requests, with record numbers at the end of 2009
  • New Year's Day was most popular day for people "iPlayer-ing" over Christmas
  • Terry Wogan's departure and battle for Christmas No. 1 helps BBC iPlayer to achieve record numbers of Radio requests
  • 1.3 million requests for David Tennant's final appearance as Doctor Who
  • One-in-eight requests for TV programmes now coming from a games console

New figures released today show that BBC iPlayer reached a new landmark, as the on-demand service broke 100 million requests for programmes in a month for the first time.

The service, which is now available on more than 20 devices, allows people to catch up with their favourite BBC programmes using their TV, mobile phone or computer. The final two weeks of December 2009 saw a huge increase for people accessing BBC programmes through their games console. One in eight of all TV requests are now coming from either a Nintendo Wii or Sony PS3 console, which is an increase of 74% since November 2009.

The final Wake Up To Wogan and the race for 2009's Christmas number one saw the week commencing 14 December become the record week for radio requests in BBC iPlayer history, while the week of 28 December saw 17.3 million requests come in for TV alone, setting a new record for TV programme requests in a week.

The figures also reveal the Top 20 programmes on the service over Christmas, with Top Gear's Bolivia Special being the most popular TV programme, and day two of the England v South Africa Test Match being the most popular radio programme.

EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey and Doctor Who all performed strongly, while two of the family blockbuster films shown on the BBC also featured in the Top 20, proving that people are really happy to watch both short and feature length programmes on-demand.

Erik Huggers, Director of Future Media and Technology, said: "Breaking the 100 million barrier is a great way to kick off 2010 and these figures show that by offering simple and varied access to BBC iPlayer people are really finding it easy to catch up with their favourite programmes at a time that suits them.

"I expect more people to start using the service as we continue to make it more widely available and I'm looking forward to some of the new innovations we have coming to the service later on in the year."

Notes to Editors

Since its launch on Christmas Day 2007, BBC iPlayer has grown to a service receiving over 100 million requests per month for BBC TV and Radio programmes.

The on-demand service from the BBC allows UK audiences to catch up with their favourite BBC content, broadcast over the last seven days, at a time that is suitable for them.

Audiences have a choice of streaming or downloading their chosen programme and, with series catch-up, selected programmes are made available for the entire season.

First launched on the computer, BBC iPlayer is now available on more than 20 devices, including TV services, games consoles and mobile phones, providing UK audiences with greater access to the wealth of content available from the BBC.

Programme availability differs across the different platforms.

Source: BBC iStats – Requests are combined for both simulcast and on-demand requests per title. Numbers rounded to the nearest 100 due to sampling methodology. Note, this data is collected via a BBC internal data warehouse (BBC iStats). The methodology adheres to industry standard guidelines as defined by JICWEBs and ABCe, with the exception that the BBC data is based on a 25% sample of users and not 100%. The BBC is working towards 100% sample over the coming months.

Total numbers for November and December 2009 include figures for BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media.

BBC iPlayer titles – TV programmes – 21 December 2009 to 3 January 2010

  Programme Episode Channel Total streams
1 Top Gear: series 14 Ep. 6 BBC Two 1,088,700
2 Doctor Who: The End Of Time Ep. 1 & 2 BBC One 1,359,500
3 Top Gear: series 14 Ep. 5 BBC Two 688,300
4 Gavin & Stacey: series 3 Ep. 5 BBC One 538,200
5 EastEnders 25.12.09 BBC One 455,100
6 EastEnders 26.12.09 BBC One 441,000
7 EastEnders 29.12.09 BBC One 436,400
8 Pirates Of The Caribbean 26.12.09 BBC One 422,600
9 Gavin & Stacey: series 3 Ep. 6 BBC One 410,000
10 Mock The Week: series 7 Ep. 13 BBC Two 407,800
11 EastEnders 31.12.09 BBC One 407,200
12 EastEnders 28.12.09 BBC One 390,200
13 EastEnders 1.1.10 BBC One 372,400
14 Outnumbered 27.12.09 BBC One 366,500
15 Waterloo Road: series 5 Ep. 9 BBC One 330,000
16 The Incredibles 25.12.09 BBC One 323,400
17 EastEnders 1.1.10 BBC One 318,100
18 EastEnders 22.12.09 BBC One 312,000
19 EastEnders 24.12.09 BBC One 305,700
20 Waterloo Road: series 5 Ep. 10 BBC One 303,700


BBC iPlayer titles – radio programmes – 21 December 2009 to 3 January 2010

  Programme Episode Channel Total streams
1 Test Match Special 29.12.09 5 Live Sports Extra 224,800
2 Desert Island Discs (David Tennant) 27.12.09 Radio 4 77,100
3 The Unbelievable Truth 28.12.09 Radio 4 65,800
4 Test Match Special 28.12.09 5 Live Sports Extra 64,500
5 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Ep. 6 Radio 4 63,600
6 Test Match Special 3.1.10 5 Live Sports Extra 62,400
7 Fearne Cotton 21.12.09 Radio 1 51,900
8 5 Live Premier League 30.12.09 5 Live 48,600
9 5 Live Premier League 28.12.09 5 Live 44,300
10 Fearne Cotton 23.12.09 Radio 1 43,900
11 Test Match Special 27.12.09 5 Live Sports Extra 42,700
12 Ken Bruce 21.12.09 Radio 2 42,100
13 5 Live Premier League 29.12.09 5 Live 42,100
14 Greg James 21.12.09 Radio 1 41,800
15 Fearne Cotton 22.12.09 Radio 1 41,500
16 Greg James 22.12.09 Radio 1 40,000
17 5 Live Premier League 27.12.09 5 Live 39,300
18 Greg James 23.12.09 Radio 1 37,200
19 Ken Bruce 22.12.09 Radio 2 37,000
20 Fearne Cotton 24.12.09 Radio 1 35,600


Total monthly BBC iPlayer requests across all platforms

Total monthly BBC iPlayer requests across all platforms: graph


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