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BBC Radio has committed to releasing monthly figures detailing the performance of its online sites and services. These figures are linked to below.

Total - All Networks

All BBC Radio and Music
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 5,284,334 4,752,612
Monthly live stream requests 24,379,348 36,671,208 33,695,528
Monthly catch-up stream requests 9,262,304 11,388,247 10,948,538

Total - By Network

Radio 1
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 2,764,540 2,230,245
Monthly live stream requests 6,472,704 9,781,124 8,169,804
Monthly catch-up stream requests 1,031,320 1,407,343 1,178,757
Radio 2
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 418,346 428,339
Monthly live stream requests 3,899,384 6,231,256 5,515,596
Monthly catch-up stream requests 685,852 906,804 1,027,451
Radio 3
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 101,337 130,160
Monthly live stream requests 401,600 600,320 541,372
Monthly catch-up stream requests 243,688 286,436 308,168
Radio 4
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 945,187 848,970
Monthly live stream requests 4,898,508 7,086,756 6,573,380
Monthly catch-up stream requests 3,417,252 4,304,567 4,212,755
Radio 5 live
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 399,120 410,471
Monthly live stream requests 3,594,156 5,246,532 5,612,348
Monthly catch-up stream requests 218,008 351,608 325,815
6 Music
Apr-2011 Mar-2011 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 173,501 155,182
Monthly live stream requests 1,338,104 2,242,416 2,057,140
Monthly catch-up stream requests 428,108 450,728 425,883
1Xtra
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 138,472 135,789
Monthly live stream requests 878,892 1,253,812 1,153,436
Monthly catch-up stream requests 281,424 287,504 267,503
Asian Network
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 33,394 30,736
Monthly live stream requests 161,224 359,708 312,140
Monthly catch-up stream requests 78,504 106,755 87,243
Radio 4 Extra
Apr-2011 Mar-2011 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 217,244 198,675
Monthly live stream requests 525,148 1,061,684 1,043,972
Monthly catch-up stream requests 2,120,440 2,670,422 2,476,870
5 live sports extra
Apr-2011 Mar-2012 Apr-2012
Average weekly unique browsers n/a 93,710 100,702
Monthly live stream requests 301,944 400,624 486,908
Monthly catch-up stream requests 7,148 14,868 19,567

Download and Podcast figures - April 2012

Top Daily Podcasts Monthly downloads
1 Scott Mills Daily (Radio 1) 709,845
2 The Archers (Radio 4) 637,139
3 Best of Today (Radio 4) 305,037
4 Daily Bacon (5 live) 231,547
5 Front Row Daily (Radio 4) 231,145
6 5 live Football Daily (5 live) 216,014
7 A History of the World in 100 Objects (Radio 4) 206,040
8 Chris Evans Breakfast - The Best Bits (Radio 2) 205,753
9 Woman's Hour: News, Politics, Culture (Radio 4) 188,781
10 Shakespeare's Restless World (Radio 4) 184,822
Top Weekly Podcasts Monthly downloads
1 Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4 (Radio 4) 891,722
2 Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews (5 live) 559,097
3 Best of Chris Moyles Enhanced (Radio 1) 412,888
4 In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg (Radio 4) 363,444
5 Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young (Radio 4) 321,796
6 Comedy of the Week (Radio 4) 280,854
7 Fighting Talk (5 live) 248,759
8 Annie Mac's minimix (Radio 1) 207,293
9 More or Less: behind the stats (Radio 4) 203,393
10 Best of Chris Moyles (Radio 1) 202,790
11 From Our Own Correspondent (Radio 4) 175,861
12 Money Box (Radio 4) 174,393
13 Rhod Gilbert's Best Bits (Radio Wales) 167,348
14 Peter Day's World of Business (Radio) 165,854
15 Simon Mayo's Confessions (Radio 2) 153,233
16 The Archers Omnibus (Radio 4) 148,557
17 Great Lives (Radio 4) 130,270
18 Drama of the Week (Radio) 129,594
19 Material World (Radio 4) 122,944
20 Dr Karl and the Naked Scientist (5 live) 113,643

Notes

The data shown on this page covers all BBC Radio & Music websites, including our music site and major events sites, e.g. The Proms and Reading & Leeds.

The data shown is for UK performance only, and does not include usage from outside of the UK.

In July 2011, the BBC switched to a new reporting system which uses a different data collection methodology for traffic to our websites. For this reason, we are unable to give an accurate year-on-year comparison for website reach.

We exclude any visits and requests that originate from within the BBC. All results shown here are for traffic coming to Radio & Music sites from outside the BBC.

The BBC's website figures are audited twice a year (typically March and September) by ABCe.

There is additional performance data in the iPlayer Performance pack, which is published every month via the BBC Press Office

Definitions

Unique Browser
Previously referred to as a user or visitor. Counts what appears to be a unique browser accessing our website within a given timeframe (in the BBC, this timeframe is one week; but other companies commonly use a month). If a user uses more than one device - e.g. PC and smart phone - then they will be counted as two unique browsers.
Stream Request
Number of successful requests to stream a programme. We only count successful requests where a stream or a download actually starts, rather than "clicks" which can be repeated if the user does not see an immediate reaction on the website.
Downloads
One download is counted for every downloadable file successfully transferred to a user's computer.

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